A portion of a bridge in the Indian city of Kolkata collapsed on Tuesday, sending vehicles nose-diving into the wreckage, killing at least one person and possibly trapping several others, government officials said.
Witnesses said the bridge collapsed during late afternoon traffic in the upscale neighborhood of Alipore, in southern Kolkata, a dense metropolitan area with over 14 million residents.
At least 19 people were rushed to a local hospital with injuries.
Shoddy construction projects and reports of collapsing bridges and flyovers are common in India. In 2016, part of an unfinished flyover, a 330-foot slab of steel and concrete, crashed down into midday traffic in Kolkata, killing at least 26 people and leading to protests in the streets from residents living nearby.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Tuesday’s bridge collapse “deeply unfortunate.” “I pray that those who are injured recover at the earliest,” he wrote on Twitter.
New York Times