Spectators injured after partial collapse of stand

Three spectators suffered injuries, and a further 200 had to be moved to another part of the ground, following the partial collapse of a temporary stand at the Emirates Riverside during the T20I between England and West Indies.

The incident took place at around 9.30pm, midway during England’s innings, in the north-east corner of the ground. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, a section of the floor appeared to have caved in, and there were reports that a female spectator had been injured after falling through the hole.

A statement from Durham County Cricket Club read: “During the course of the second innings between England v West Indies at Emirates Riverside, three spectators were injured when a small section of the North-East Terrace flooring became unstable causing them to fall.

“Stewards took precautionary action and evacuated that area of the stand efficiently. The stand is a permanent fixture at the venue and had passed inspections in the week prior to the match.”

The Riverside, which has hosted 26 international fixtures since being opened in 1995, was recently barred from hosting Test matches following a financial bail-out from the ECB that also resulted in the club losing its first-division status.

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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