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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

(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.

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"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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