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Kolkata: A teenage girl, studying in class VIII, has been crushed to death by a mechanical crane at Taratala in south Kolkata.

The accident occurred today morning around 8 am. Eyewitnesses said that Suhani Gupta was riding a bicycle to school with classmate Anjali Mahato in the pillion. They were riding from Taratala to Jinjira Bazar.

At Taratala crossing, a crane, which was moving behind tried to overtake the bicycle. The driver blew a longhorn for this and this scared Anjali. She fell off the cycle and in turn, made Suhani fall on the road.

It was then that the speeding crane crushed Suhani under the wheels. She died on the spot. The driver soon fled from the accident site abandoning the crane.

Peeved at the accident, residents of the area blocked the road by placing the dead body on the road. This made senior police officers rush to the spot and managed to lift the blockade after pursuing for about an hour. The dead body of the girl was sent for post-mortem.

Traffic movement was disrupted on Taratala Road for about an hour due to the blockade.