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India bridge collapse: Many feared dead as major Kolkata bridge collapses during rush hour

September 4, 2018 11:57 AM
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India bridge collapse: Many feared dead as major Kolkata bridge collapses during rush hour

SEVERAL people are feared dead after the Majerhat Bridge in Kolkata, India collapsed during rush hour traffic.

According to local reports, five people have died and 17 are injured after the bidge collapsed at around 4pm local time when a number of vehicles were passing over it.

Eight people have been rushed to CMRI Hospital and nine have been rushed to SSKM College and Hospital.

They added that five cars and a mini bus are trapped underneath piles of debris from the collpaed section of the bridge.

Emergency services quickly arrived on the scene, with four cranes and 500 rescue workers assisting in the opertion.

The army has released a statement to clarify that its forces have not being called to help with the rescue opertion but as the area is close to its field hospital, a detachment has been sent.

Pictures from the scene show several cars, motorbikes and a mini bus lying on top of the collapsed bridge.

The Majerhat Bridge connects Behala in south west Kolkata to other parts of the city across the Sealdah railway line.

Source: express.co.uk

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