In a tragic incident, a portion of the arterial Majerhat bridge in the southern part of Kolkata collapsed on Tuesday trapping several people and vehicles under its debris. Also Read - Kolkata: Teacher Rapes 6-year-old, Protesting Parents Clash With Police
Kolkata Police Commissioner said that one person has been killed, while 16 others were injured. Of the injured, nine were admitted to the SSKM Hospital, while remaining seven were admitted to CMRO Hospital. Also Read - 21-Year-Old Cricketer Dies After Lightning Struck Him During Friendly Match at Kolkata's Vivekananda Park
State minister Chandrima Bhattacharya said she has heard about the death of five persons in the incident but it was yet to be confirmed. Also Read - Kolkata bridge collpase: NDRF ends operation; on standby
Another minister Firhad Hakim said there has been no casualty in the incident, adding that all those trapped under the debris have been rescued, and six injured have been admitted to the nearby hospital.
As crowds gathered at the spot in congested Alipore locality, where mangled cars were buried under the debris of the bridge, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the first priority is to rescue the injured and those who are trapped.
TV visuals from the area showed the collapsed section resting on the road, with at least nine vehicles, including a mini bus, and several two-wheelers still on it. Fire brigade, police and NDRF personnel are engaged in rescue work.
Locals said several people have been rescued. However, they are not sure whether they are dead or alive.
According to reports, the bridge on Diamond Harbour Road collapsed at around 4.45 PM on Tuesday.
Circular Railway services was affected after the collapse of a section of a bridge at Majerhat in south Kolkata on Tuesday, an Eastern Railway spokesperson said.
EMU local train services were suspended from 4.45 pm owing to the collapse of a portion of the bridge, the official said.
However, train services in the Sealdah-Budge Budge section, which also passes under the bridge, was not affected, he said.
The tragic incident comes two years after the under-construction Vivekanand flyover collapsed in the city leaving 20 people dead.