Nine injured as bridge collapses

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

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According to reports, the bridge on Diamond Harbour Road collapsed at around 4.45 PM on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old bridge, which runs over the Majerhat Railway Station, connects Behala to other parts of Kolkata across the arterial Sealdah railway line. So far, 21 people have been injured in the accident; the deceased has been identified as Soumen Bag. "We will conduct high-level inquiry into the incident and strict action will be taken against whoever is responsible for negligence".

Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal state, said in a televised address that at least eight people were injured but their conditions were stable. The rescue operation is likely to continue late into the night.

Footage on local TV channels have shown a bus, a few cars and some motorcycles stuck in the caved in section of the bridge. Also, six Metro Rail workers are feared trapped under the debris.

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"A probe will be done by a committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De to find out the cause of the collapse".

The accident took place on a day the city received 72.1 mm of rainfall since morning. "No one will be spared", she said.

Nineteen others were also injured, reported local media.

Governor K N Tripathi, who visited the site, described it as "a big disaster". "There was a report on a pit here for quite some time, I don't know whether the public works department noted it", he said. It is a big disaster.

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TMC leader Derek O'Brien tweeted, "Watching scenes of Majerhat bridge #Kolkata collapse. But this is a matter of investigation". He said, "We have called in the cranes, let them pull up the debris, however, as per information, no one else is trapped under the debris".

Police and firefighters were using cutting tools to clear the wreckage, and it was unclear how many people may be trapped. However, in a statement, KoPT said, "KoPT does not have any records of Majherhat Bridge been built by Kolkata port".

A traffic police official told PTI that tram services have been suspended from CGR Road to DH Road and Judges Court Road.

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