Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said.

Television images showed a huge metal structure buckled atop the stadium, destroying part of the stands in the east side of the venue. Fire-fighter official Mauro Lopes said in a radio interview that at least three people died in the accident, which apparently happened when a crane collapsed on top of the metal structure. — AP

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