Flyover collapse in H'bad: 10 feared dead
Several people are also trapped as a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Hyderabad.Updated: Sep 09, 2007, 21:37 IST
At least 10 persons were feared killed and several were trapped as a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Hyderabad on Sunday evening, police and eyewitnesses said.
The mishap occurred in the busy Nagarjuna Circle area in the heart of the Andhra Pradesh capital amid heavy rains. Huge concrete slabs and equipment fell on the vehicles passing on either side of the Punjagutta flyover.
At least 10 cars, three auto rickshaws and a few two-wheelers were crushed under the collapsed portion of the flyover. Some pedestrians, who were standing under the flyover to protect themselves from rains, were also feared trapped, according to eyewitnesses.
Ambulances were rushed to the spot and at least 15 injured were shifted to the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS).
It was not clear how many more were trapped under the debris. Continuing rains are hampering the rescue efforts.
The flyover is aimed at decongesting one of the busiest commercial areas in the city. The flyover is coming up on the road that connects the Begumpet airport to the Hitec City that houses a number of IT and BPO firms.