UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Eighteen people were killed when a bridge under construction collapsed in northern India. The car wrecked cars and passengers under tons of collapsed concrete.
Aid workers rushed to the site of the bridge collapse in Varanasi city in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, and people who are still under the rubble are likely to be the latest in a series of bloody construction-related incidents in the densely populated Asian country.
“Our teams have recovered 18 bodies so far,” said an official with the disaster control room. “Seven teams from the National Disaster Response Force are involved in ongoing rescue operations.”
Witnesses said that part of the bridge collapsed, and one of them told reporters: “I was near the bridge when it collapsed .. And crushed four cars and a car and a minibus at least.”
The state government formed a committee of 3 members to investigate the horrific incident.
In 2016, 26 people were killed in the eastern city of Kolkata after a large section of a bridge collapsed on a highway.