Indian police file homicide case after Overpass collapse kills 23

Indian police on Friday opened a case of culpable homicide against the company building an overpass that collapsed in the eastern city of Kolkata, killing at least 23 people and injuring dozens more.

Rescuers worked all night with cranes and jackhammers to clear concrete slabs and steel girders from the 100-meter (110-yard) length of the overpass that broke off suddenly and crashed down on pedestrians and vehicles on the road below.

Ninety were rescued, many with serious trauma injuries, but chances of finding survivors in the wreckage had dwindled nearly a full day after Thursday’s disaster in a teeming commercial district near the city’s Girish Park. “It is being ensured that there are no more dead bodies under the debris,” S.S. Guleria, a deputy inspector general of the National Disaster Response Force, told Reuters Television.

 

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