I was at a distance of 50 m from the flyover when it collapsed, trapping people under it. 4 four-wheelers, an auto-rickshaw & a minibus were crushed by it.
Six people have been rescued so far and are undergoing treatment. More people were feared trapped after the collapse occurred in the city of Varanasi, crushing at least four cars, a motorcycle and a bus. The span which fell on Tuesday was laid barely three months ago, they added. Three persons were pulled out from the debris by the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF).
Seven cranes had been sent to lift the beam and the army had been summoned, Kumar said.
It is reported that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is "taking stock of the situation" - but from Delhi.
As per district officials, the under-construction flyover did not follow any safety regulations.
Local police have arrived at the spot while people have been stopped at some distance from the site to ensure relief work is completed without any interference. The Chief Minister has also announced compensation of Rs five lakh for the family of dead and Rs two lakh for seriously injured. Varanasi is a parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "I extend my condolences to the families of the deceased and assure that the government will do whatever it can to support these families", PM Modi.
The state government had ordered an inquiry but didn't take any action against top engineers and officers for poor quality of construction work, he said.
"The probe should also look into whether regular meetings in this regard were being convened by the district administration and necessary precautions in case of construction in such busy areas were in place", he said. Is this incident an accident or result of corruption?
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has already left for the site of mishap, he said. Yadav also appealed to his members to assist the rescue teams.