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Mar 03, 2013 at 10:02am IST

Kolkata: Flyover collapses, crushes truck underneath injuring 3

Kolkata: A flyover in Kolkata collapsed on Sunday morning crushing a truck underneath and injuring three people.

The mishap took place when a pillar of the Ultadanga flyover collapsed and crushed the truck. The injured have been admitted to the hospital.

The incident took place at 4:30 am on Sunday when there was hardly any traffic on the Ultadanga flyover, which connects VIP Road and the airport with EM Bypass and the eastern and southern suburbs.

As the debris fell into a canal running below the flyover, it took down a truck, police said. The driver and two others were rescued from the canal by fire-brigade personnel and locals, they said.

Disaster Management personnel and police were searching for victims, if any, in the rubble and canal. Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, who rushed to the spot, said a crack was detected in the flyover one-and-a-half years ago and examined by experts of Jadavpur University.

The problem detected then was not related to maintenance but a technical fault in the bolt system, he said. The flyover was built two years ago during the earlier Left Front government.

Hakim said that action will be taken against engineers found responsible for Sunday's collapse and a third party inspection of the entire flyover will be made. Cranes will be used to clear the debris of the flyover from the canal known as Keshtopur Khal, he added.

With Additional Inputs from PTI

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