Dutch concert staircase collapse 06/08/2006

Dutch canal accident mars concert

A wooden staircase leading from a bridge to a canal in the Dutch city of Utrecht has collapsed during a concert, seriously injuring eight people.

Dutch police launch probe into canal side stairs collapse

Police in the Netherlands launched a criminal investigation today into a stairway collapse during a music concert on Utrecht’s ancient central canal that left 20 people in hospital.


The accident occurred near the Stadhuis bridge on Oude Gracht at about 21:45. Concert-goers were crowded onto an old stairway that led from the street to the wharf, and were listening to a salsa band when the stairs collapsed. Some people fell into the water, and debris rained down on others who were in a boat on the water at the time.

External investigation into stairs collapse

UPDATED 7 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Utrecht City Council has hired outside experts to investigate the collapse of a wooden canal stairs during a concert on Sunday night, Mayor Annie Brouwer told a press conference on Monday.

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