“Today an unfortunate incident happened at Shahpur Tehsil of Thane District on under construction Samruddhi Expressway in which one Crane fell on a Slab of a Bridge in which two teams of NDRF are working on the site,” India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said in an official statement.
Several reports state that two teams of the NDRF are present at the spot and search and rescue efforts are underway.
Moreover, the NDRF also stated that 17 bodies have been recovered from the spot. The three injured were moved to a nearby hospital.
Several people are feared to be trapped under the collapsed structure, NDRF said in a statement.
At least 17 killed in India after crane collapses onto large concrete slabs at the site of an under-construction expressway pic.twitter.com/B1XsmJIJlo
"Our search and rescue operation is still underway," said Sarang V Kurve, a senior official of the NDRF.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the deaths and announced monetary compensation for the victims' families.
Pained by the tragic mishap in Shahapur, Maharashtra. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are injured. NDRF and local administration are working at the site of the mishap and all possible measures are…