A highway overpass collapses onto a crowded road in India

Five injured people were pulled from the wreckage, police said. Two were seriously hurt.

Rescuers and crane operators worked through the night in the city of Varanasi to try to reach all the victims, but more people were still feared trapped beneath the wreckage, which had crushed four cars, motorcycles and a bus. It was not clear how many people were in the vehicles. The slab appeared to be at least 50 feet (15 meters) long and 6 feet (2 meters) wide.

Most of those killed were in vehicles traveling beneath the overpass, said senior police officer P.V. Ramasastry.

India has a long history of construction accidents caused by poor materials and inadequately trained workers. In 2016, a long stretch of elevated road being built through the city of Calcutta collapsed, killing 26 people and leaving 11 severely injured.

Varanasi, an ancient temple city on the banks of the Ganges River, is a center of pilgrimage for Hindus.

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