1 Dead, Many Feared Trapped After Bridge Collapse In India

The bridge stood over rail tracks in one of the busiest areas in the city.
Posted at 3:17 PM, Sep 04, 2018

A bridge in south Kolkata, India, has collapsed, with one confirmed death and several others feared still trapped underneath the rubble.

A portion of the 40-year-old Majerhat bridge crumbled Tuesday afternoon during rush hour, crushing vehicles and injuring commuters.

Rescue teams, including the Indian army and the National Disaster Response Force, have been sent to help recover those trapped by the rubble. According to fire brigade personnel, 25 people have been pulled out from the debris so far.

It's not immediately clear what caused the collapse. The chief minister of West Bengal said in a tweet: "Our priority is relief and rescue. Rest of the investigation will be done later." She also reportedly ordered a probe into the incident, saying in a press briefing, "No one ... held negligent will be spared."

The events echo a similar tragedy back in 2016, when another bridge in Kolkata collapsed while under construction, killing 20 people.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.