14 Dead in India Overpass Collapse

150 feared trapped under concrete, metal in Kolkata
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2016 6:40 AM CDT
14 Dead in India Overpass Collapse
Locals and rescue workers clear the rubbles of a partially collapsed overpass.   (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

(Newser) – At least 14 people are dead and another 150 feared trapped after a half-finished overpass collapsed onto traffic Thursday in Kolkata, India. Witnesses tell the Indian Express they heard an explosion and a crash, then "a cloud of smoke emerged." Paramedics and bystanders were attempting to rescue people with their bare hands. A crane was brought in to lift debris, but Reuters notes it couldn't lift the large concrete slab trapping many.

"The condition is pathetic. At this moment no one has any clue how many people are trapped," says a police officer. The structure, under construction since at least 2009, was left "shaking" after concrete was added on Wednesday, per local reports. It has missed numerous construction deadlines, notes Reuters; local officials had been pressing hard for its completion. (Read more India stories.)

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