At least 20 killed as overpass collapse in India

A highway overpass under construction in southern India has collapsed, crushing cars and pedestrians, and at least 20 people are feared dead, police said.

At least 20 killed as overpass collapse in India
A highway overpass under construction in southern India has collapsed, crushing cars and pedestrians, and at least 20 people are feared dead, police said.

Several people were believed to be trapped in the rubble after the accident Sunday evening in Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh state, local police chief Balwinder Singh told reporters.

The overpass was being built to connect the city's wealthy Banjara Hills residential neighborhood with Panjagutta, a busy commercial area in the city.

The overpass collapsed during heavy rain, and heavy traffic delayed ambulances and rescue equipment being rushed to the site from across the city, said Chandravadan, a top local government official who uses only one name.

"I am shocked and deeply grieved by the accident," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement carried by the Press Trust of India news agency.

Witnesses said enormous concrete slabs from the structure collapsed, crushing several pedestrians trying to take shelter from the rain, as well as vehicles on either side.

"We tried to rush some of the injured to the hospital but the traffic made getting out of the area very difficult," said Irshad Ahmad, who was driving in the area.

AP
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