Flyover collapse kills one, injures 19 in Kolkata

Saul Bowman
September 5, 2018

Fire brigade personnel engaged in the rescue work had earlier said 25 injured were pulled out from the rubble.

In 2016, a section of an unfinished overpass cutting through Kolkata collapsed, killing 26 people and leaving dozens injured.

A map of southwest Kolkata where the Majerhat bridge collapsed. One more team is on the way.

EMU local train services were suspended from 4.45 pm owing to the collapse of a portion of the bridge, the official said.

State Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi also visited the location and later asked the government to take corrective measures for proper maintenance of bridges.

"Public works department and railway administration had the responsibility to maintain [the bridge]". My thoughts are with the families of the victims.

People stand next to the wreckage of vehicles at the site of a bridge that collapsed in Kolkata, India September 4, 2018. They are saying beautification of city is on, but fix work of old constructions is not on her mind.

Firhad Hakim, West Bengal minister, said that six people have been sent to a hospital for treatment. "The issue of fix of the old bridges is not at all in the agenda of TMC government", senior BJP leader Mukul Roy said.

He further claimed that although rescue operations are underway, nobody is feared trapped under the bridge anymore.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is now in Darjeeling, promised to initiate a high-level inquiry.

"A detailed investigation will be done but right now our main focus is rescue and relief operations".

#5:38 PM: CM Mamata Banerjee expresses concerns: We are very anxious. "Steps are being taken on an emergency footing to rescue those who are trapped", said Banerjee. We need to find out what went wrong in this case.

Soon after the incident, Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar and other officers were rushed to the spot.

Movement of traffic towards south-west Kolkata and South 24 Parganas were being diverted from Kidderpore and through Port area and Circular Garden Reach Road, he said. According to the latest reports, rescue teams and ambulances have arrived at the spot.

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