Fact Check: Horrific video of billboard accident is from Karachi, not Hyderabad

A video has gone viral over social media which shows a billboard collapsing and hitting two bikers. The post claims this video was shot on Mehdipatnam Flyover, Hyderabad. The video shows vehicles moving on the flyover and suddenly the billboard is blown over because of strong winds, hitting two bikers.

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The Facebook caption read, “Bad luck…అంటే ఇదేనేమో (Telugu translation-That is what it is).. Today morning at Hyderabad, Mehdipatnam Omg….

We also found another Facebook post that also claims the videos is from Hyderabad.

The Facebook caption read, “Now at Mehdipatnam Flyover

More such posts can be seen here and here.

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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be misleading.

We got our first clue while reading through the comment section of the Facebook post. We saw a Facebook comment stating that the billboard accident video that killed two bikers is from Pakistan. On reading other comments we got an idea about the misleading information that was being circulated on social media about the same incident.

By putting the keywords ‘Billboard’ accident’ ‘Pakistan’ on Youtube Search, we saw the accident footage in the news bulletin on 24 News HD YouTube Channel dated August 7, 2020, saying that the footage of the accident is from Karachi, Pakistan.

On digging further, we also found the same video of the accident on Youtube claiming that a billboard fell in Karachi in a road accident during heavy rainfall.

Further, we came across the latest update about the flying billboard accident in an article published on GULF NEWS, dated August 8, 2020, claiming that Karachi Commissioner has ordered for the immediate removal of billboards all over the city to save human lives.

Hence, the above information proves that the horrific video in question is from Karachi, Pakistan and not from Hyderabad.

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