Toll in Pakistan collapse rises to 6

Rescue workers pulled out two more bodies Sunday from the rubble of collapsed overpass in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi, increasing the death toll to six, an official said.

 Toll in Pakistan collapse rises to 6
Rescue workers pulled out two more bodies Sunday from the rubble of collapsed overpass in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi, increasing the death toll to six, an official said.

Authorities also began a probe into why a section of the newly constructed bridge came crashing down Saturday. Thirteen others were injured.

At least two cars, a police van and a donkey cart were crushed under masonry when the 330-foot-long section of the bridge fell about 50 feet onto the road below.

Rescue workers pulled out the bodies of two men on Sunday before the rescue operation was called off, Mayor Mustafa Kamal said.

"There is no evidence any dead body or any survivor is trapped," he said.

Workers using heaving machinery were clearing the debris of twisted steel and concrete slabs, he said.

Authorities have suspended six officials from the state-run National Highway Authority, which is responsible for supervising highways in Pakistan, and the National Logistic Cell, a military-run construction company that built the Karachi bridge, said Shamim Siddiqi, minister for communications.

Those suspended include an NHA official who oversaw construction of the bridge, Siddiqi said. Investigators also have seized records relating to the project, he said, without specifying what may have caused the bridge to collapse.

The bridge was inaugurated by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in August.

AP
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