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Multiple crane crash after six die in Delhi

Three cranes have crashed at New Delhi’s metro rail construction site in the wake of a separate accident on Monday in which six people were killed.

Reports that people were injured in the second incident, which saw the cranes trying to lift a steel girder, have been refuted by a Delhi Metro spokesman.

The truck-mounted cranes buckled under the weight of the girder after trying to lift it from the ground.

One of the multi-wheeled trucks was seen in live television pictures in a vertical position after the crane arms had sheared the trucks from their positions.

The truck sat, resting on its nose, with its wheels exposed and its underbelly in the air while around it crane arms lay mangled, it was said.

Joint commissioner of police Ajay Kashyap said four cranes were trying to lift the 300-ton girder when one of them malfunctioned, leaving the other three cranes to buckle under the weight.

Delhi Metro spokesman Aunj Dayal said: “There have been no injuries to anybody. Some TV channels have been flashing four injuries or six injuries. But I am confirming there have been no injuries.”

Sunday’s accident occurred on a tricky section, where a metal cantilever was being raised to lift a 300-ton prefabricated concrete segment of the bridge, Delhi Metro Rail Corp chief E Sreedharan told reporters.

Six people were killed and 13 were injured when the entire structure tumbled down in a V-shaped pile, crushing workers underneath.

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