40-year-old bridge in Kolkata collapses, rescue operations underway

Rescuers work at the scene after a highway overpass collapsed on a sewage canal in Kolkata India Tuesday Sept. 4 2018. There were no immediate reports of deaths but police and firefighters were using cutting tools to clear the wreckage and it was

The bridge collapsed during peak hours of traffic and it is being feared that many people and vehicles might be trapped under the debris.

A motorway overpass has collapsed in the Indian city of Calcutta, with a concrete segment slamming to the ground and killing at least one person, officials said. She said a probe would be ordered to find out the cause of the collapse.

This is the third bridge collapse in Kolkata in five-and-a-half years. However, all the pedestrians and passengers in the public and private vehicles could be rescued.

Till late on Tuesday evening, rescue workers were trying to crawl through the narrow gaps in the debris to rescue those trapped underneath.

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

West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi blamed the state government for poor maintenance, and a political blame game started over what led to the accident.

Road traffic between Kolkata's southwestern areas and South 24 Parganas district were also severely affected as the Majerhat road overbridge is a connector to the arterial Diamond Harbour Road.

Nine of them suffered serious injuries, an official at the Kolkata police control room said.

Three columns of army personnel are also present at the spot, but there has been no official deployment as no such request was received from the state government, Eastern Command sources told IANS.

"When I stepped out the entire structure was shaking". The area has several under-construction buildings nearby. "But this is a matter of investigation". They came to know a section of the bridge had collapsed and rushed to help the police who had rushed to the spot. Rescue operations were on at the time of going to Press.

The flyover connects Mominpur-Taratala areas of the city.

It is possible that not many are trapped under the collapsed part of the bridge.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences and called the bridge collapse "deeply unfortunate", and Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh said he would pray for the "speedy recovery of the injured".

It was the second major road collapse in Calcutta in recent years.

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