Varanasi flyover tragedy: Probe ordered into accident

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 02:06
Varanasi flyover tragedy: Probe ordered into accident
A probe has been ordered in the flyover tragedy in Varanasi that occurred Tuesday evening. A portion of a flyover being built collapsed on a busy road in Varanasi, killing at least 18 people as it crushed a mini bus, cars and two-wheelers. Officials feared that the toll may rise.

Hours later, people were still believed buried under the rubble of the flyover with several cranes being deployed to lift the concrete girder that crashed around 4 pm on the road that leads to the Varanasi-Allahabad highway. Local residents said cyclists and pedestrians also use the stretch of the road about 100 metres from the Varanasi Cantonment railway station.

Uttar Pradesh Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said 18 bodies were pulled out. Five National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, with about 250 personnel, rushed to the accident site.Rescue workers used metal cutters to free people caught in their vehicles.
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