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Latino Daily News

Saturday February 19, 2011

Soccer Bleachers Collapse in Peru with Over 500 Spectators, 177 Injured

Peru police officials are reporting that the metal bleacher section of the Monumental soccer stadium, in the Ate-Vitarte district of the Lima province, collapsed injuring 177 individuals, 12 seriously.  Thus far there are no fatalities.

The spectators were at the stadium to watch a youth championship match when the bleachers gave way.  There are estimates that more than 500 people were in the stands when they started to sway before giving way. 

The state-run news agency Andina noted that the bleachers were more like installed viewing stands and not permanently anchored in the ground.  The incident is under investigation though it is believed overloading of the stands caused the collapse