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Majerhat bridge collapses in south Kolkata, several feared trapped

Many people are feared trapped underneath, some still in their vehicles. Six people are believed to be injured

Kolkata: Several people are feared trapped after a portion of the Majerhat bridge in South Kolkata collapsed on Tuesday, police said. Many vehicles including two- and four-wheelers were also crushed in the incident.

According to the latest reports, rescue teams and ambulances have arrived at the spot. Six people have been admitted to SSKM hospital, while one has been rushed to CMRI.

Fire brigade, police and NDRF personnel are engaged in rescue work. This happened two years after the collapse of the under-construction Vivekanand flyover in Kolkata that claimed over 20 lives.

Many people are feared trapped underneath, some still in their vehicles. Six people are believed to be injured. Locals who rushed to the spot said one of the men died while they were trying to rescue him.

The army, stationed at the nearby Fort William, has already sent its personnel for rescue work in the area.

The bridge stood over some rail tracks in Alipur, one of the very old areas of the city. The area is surrounded by half-constructed buildings, scaffolding, and pillars.

Eyewitnesses said around 4.45 PM, a huge segment of it came crashing down. Pictures from the area showed the collapsed section resting on the road, at least six vehicles, including a minibus, still on it.

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