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Crowded stands collapse at rodeo, killing 8-year-old girl

December 27, 1996

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Crowded bleachers collapsed during a rodeo in the West Coast state of Jalisco, killing an 8-year-old girl and injuring about 200 people.

The 15-foot-high stands were designed to seat 600 people, but were packed with more than 1,000 for the Christmas Day rodeo, Rosa Martinez, a county supervisor in Tizapan del Alto, said in a telephone interview Thursday.

``It was like a wave hit it. It collapsed in a few seconds,″ Martinez said.

Sixty of the injured were hospitalized with broken bones, she said.

Police said a bull had been tethered to one of the main support beams and may have contributed to the collapse. Police arrested the rodeo organizer.

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