At least eight people were injured, two of them critically, on Wednesday after the concrete slab of an under-construction flyover collapsed in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, police said.
The accident happened in Bairamalguda of LB Nagar area of Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana.
According to police, the victims were identified as workers working at the site.
“Today morning slab of an under-construction flyover collapsed here injuring eight workers,” a police officer said. “The workers were immediately pulled out and removed to Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) hospital in Secunderabad. Two of them have suffered serious head injuries.”
The police officer said workers were standing on the concrete slab when it collapsed.
“Had the slab collapsed during the peak traffic hours, it would have caused loss of lives,” the police officer said.
The flyover is part of the Strategic Road Development Plan being implemented by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
Police have registered a case and ordered an investigation into the accident.
Deadly accidents due to failing infrastructure (either new or old) is common in India. Construction experts blame lax administration and corruption for faulted building rules that often result in using poor quality materials, inadequate supervision and poor safety standards for workers.