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Collapse highlights World Cup troubles

SETBACK CITY:Brazil’s frantic efforts to get stadiums ready for soccer’s global showcase next year have from the start been plagued by a growing list of problems

AP, SAO PAULO, Brazil

Soccer’s governing body said on Wednesday that the “safety of workers is the top priority” for World Cup organizers and called on local authorities to “fully investigate the reasons behind such a tragic accident.”

One of the dead workers, 42-year-old Fabio Luis Pereira, was inside a truck that was hit by the falling metal structure.

The other, 44-year-old Ronaldo Oliveira dos Santos, was taking a break in an area that was supposed to be clear.

“Unfortunately nobody saw him,” Sanchez said. “He was napping.”

It was not the first problem with World Cup stadiums in Brazil. Three workers have died in accidents at three construction sites the past two years and one stadium had work halted for nearly a week this year because of safety concerns.

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