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Nine people arrested over Indian bridge collapse that killed more than 130

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Nine people have been arrested following a deadly bridge collapse in Gujarat, India, which killed more than 130 people on Sunday.

Rescuers search for survivors after a suspension bridge collapsed in Morbi town in the western state of Gujarat, India, October 31, 2022.
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The cable bridge, which crosses the Machhu River, was nearly 100 years old and had recently reopened after a months-long renovation. Two of the people arrested are managers of Oreva, an Indian manufacturing company tasked with repairing the bridge, the Hindustan Times reported.

Two ticket clerks, two contractors, and three security guards were also arrested.

Videos shared on social media showed the horrific aftermath of the collapse, with dozens seen stranded on the fallen bridge; some trying to climb the cables to safety and others swimming to the shore.

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Officials in India said the bridge, a tourist attraction, was overcrowded before its collapse. The BBC reported that between 400 and 500 people were estimated to be on the bridge at the time of the incident. Officials have since said that the bridge could only hold the weight of about 125 people.

Just days before the collapse, the managing director of Oreva told reporters at a press conference that "if people act responsibly without damaging the property, this renovation can sustain for the next 15 years."

As of Monday, at least 141 people were reported to have died in the collapse, while more than 100 others injured.

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