girder launching machine in Maharashtra's Thane

Thane Girder Launching Machine Collapse: Death Toll Rises To 16

girder launching machine in Maharashtra's Thane

The death toll in the collapse of a girder launching machine in Maharashtra’s Thane rose to 16 after two more bodies were pulled out from the accident site while the search and rescue operation continued on Tuesday morning, officials said.

The incident took place after a girder launching machine collapsed near Shahpur in Maharashtra’s Thane district late at night.
According to officials, the exact number of people who might still be trapped under the collapsed structure is not clear.

“Sixteen bodies have been recovered so far, while three persons are wounded. Six more people are feared to be trapped inside the collapsed structure,” the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) informed in a statement.

The officials said that two NDRF teams are engaged in a search and rescue operation.

Officials said that the machine was being used in the construction of Phase III of the Samruddhi Express Highway late at night. Initial reports confirmed the death of 14 workers while three others were injured.

“14 people died and three others were injured after a girder launching machine collapsed near Shahpur in Thane. The machine was being used in the construction of Phase III of the Samruddhi Express Highway,” Shahpur Police had said earlier.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident took place around 11:00 pm on Monday.

“We were working on the other side when the structure collapsed. Around 30 people were working there at the time when the incident took place,” an eyewitness said while speaking to ANI.

“Many of them were trapped under the structure with injuries on their legs, hands and head,” he said.

More details are awaited. (ANI)

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