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Three people arrested in connection with deadly overpass accident in Kolkata

Authorities have said three people were arrested following the overpass collapse that killed at least 24 people. They are looking into possible murder charges for those arrested, as well as several others.

Top Indian officials said three employees of the company behind the overpass that collapsed in Kolkata earlier this week were arrested late Friday night.

The arrests were made after police closed the offices of IVRCL Infrastructure Co., which was initially contracted to build the overpass back in 2007. The construction fell behind schedule, and the company was still at work on it when the accident occurred on Wednesday.

About 80 meters (260 feet) of the structure collapsed, killing at least 24 people and injuring around 70.

Seven more being investigated

Indien Kalkutta Hochstraße Einsturz Trümmer

People in Kolkata hold a memorial service following the accident

In addition to the three arrested overnight, a police officer confirmed to The Associated Press that seven other individuals

had been detained

and were being investigated for possible murder charges.

The detained individuals are also employees of IVRCL, the official said.

Meanwhile, authorities are at work trying to find those still trapped beneath the rubble. Some 67 people have been pulled from the wreckage, although officials say it's unlikely any more will be found alive.

blc/jlw (AP, AFP)

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