26 injured in foot bridge collapse near Commonwealth Games venue in Indian capital

19:44, September 21, 2010      

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At least 26 laborers were injured, five of them seriously, when an under-construction overbridge collapsed near a stadium, which is the main venue of the upcoming Commonwealth Games, in the Indian capital Tuesday afternoon, said police and local media reports.

"The mishap happened when the laborers were putting concrete mix at a portion of the bridge. The injured have been admitted to a local hospital where the condition of five are said to be serious," the official said.

Senior Commonwealth Games organizing committee members have rushed to the spot, he added.

According to TV footage, authorities were using cranes and bulldozers to clean up the debris and look for any people buried under the concrete.

The accident is apparently a blow to the organizers of the Commonwealth Games, to be held from Oct. 3 to 14, already hit by reports of corruptions and bad preparations.

New Zealand and some other participating countries, as well as the Commonwealth Games Federation, have severely criticized the organizers for the bad sanitary and other conditions of the athletes village.

Source: Xinhua


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