Bridge collapse leaves 5 dead and dozens trapped

Glen Norman
September 5, 2018

A bridge collapsed in south Kolkata's Majherhat area on Tuesday, toppling several vehicles and trapping people in the rubble.

The bridge connects Behala to many parts of Kolkata and crosses the arterial Sealdah railway line and runs over the Majerhat railway station.

A total of 25 injured people have been rushed to hospital.

A section of Majerhat bridge collapsed in Kolkata on Tuesday. "They will investigate the possible reasons that caused the collapse and also examine the safety of railway operations under the bridge", the official said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Meeraj Khalid told ANI that rescue operations were under way.

The flyover had collapsed on March 31 last killing 26 people and senior officials of a Hyderabad-based construction firm along with officials of the KMDA were arrested in this connection.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered a high level probe into the matter.

Kolkata Police Commissioner said that one person has been killed, while 16 others were injured.

The Majerhat bridge reportedly collapsed around 4:45pm. He said they had no idea of the casualties had seen there were motor cycles and other vehicles trapped in the debris.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the incident. "It is a serious negligence and strict action will be taken", said Banerjee. Rescue operations were on until late night.

The bridge collapse hit traffic movement to and from vast areas in south-west Kolkata and adjacent South 24 Parganas district.

"It is really unfortunate that the bridge has collapsed".

Local railway services were affected as the bridge crossed a set of tracks. "Hard to gauge enormity of tragedy as yet looking at visuals".

Collapses of old and ageing structures are not uncommon in India.

The 450 metre-long bridge was built in early sixties and maintained by PWD, a member of mayor-in-council in the city municipal corporation said.

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