A video showing a concrete beam collapsed over a line of cars is viral on social media.
Alt News has received multiple requests on its WhatsApp helpline number to fact-check the clip.
The same video was viral in 2021 as well. Then, it was shared with the claim that it showed a collapsed flyover on the Balanagar-Jeedimetla route in Hyderabad.
“Balanagar Jeedimetla route. Under construction FLYOVER collapse,” read the caption shared by the Facebook page, ‘Style video’s vlog’.
Several other users shared the video.
Avoid Balanagar Jeedimetla route. Under construction FLYOVER collapsed! pic.twitter.com/d9ARxYqZNE
— Sohail Hasan (@SohailH45291882) February 24, 2021
Back then, too, Alt News received verification requests for the video.
The same video has been shared with the claim that the incident took place in Maharashtra’s Thane.
Bridge Collapse in Thane ! pic.twitter.com/Cj2g3c9jqn
— Sugrive Meena IRS (@MeenasSugrive) February 25, 2021
A simple reverse image search took us to news reports from 2018.
Nineteen people were killed and several others were injured when two beams of an under-construction flyover collapsed near Varanasi railway station on May 15, 2018, reported The Times of India. The crime branch of police arrested eight persons, including seven engineers of UP Bridge Corporation (UPBC) and a contractor. The report carried the same picture as the one that is now viral.
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) tweeted that the incident is not from the city.
Video in social media circulation does not pertain to balanagar flyover site pic.twitter.com/oTfQ1dqqKt
— HMDA (@HMDA_Gov) February 24, 2021
Thane police also tweeted in Marathi that the incident is not from the area.
सदरची घटना हि ठाण्यातील नाही.
— Thane City Police (@ThaneCityPolice) February 25, 2021
Hence, a 2018 video from Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi where a flyover collapsed and killed 19 people is being shared again. Earlier, the same video was shared as an incident in Hyderabad and Thane on social media.
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