Mumbai footbridge collapse kills five and injures dozens

Mumbai footbridge collapse kills five and injures dozens

At least five people including 2 women were killed and 32 were injured after a portion of a foot over bridge collapsed near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai on Thursday.

The injured have been rushed to the St. George Hospital and G. T. Hospital, besides Sion Hospital, said officials.

In a statement, the Ministry of Railways had earlier stressed that it was not responsible for the bridge maintenance. He told reporters that some minor damage was detected and had not been repaired before the collapse of the bridge.

The bridge, which connected the area near the Times of India building with the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station station, was commonly called "Kasab bridge" as the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the strike.

"Mumbaikars feel very much unsafe in the city, considering the frequent incidents of bridge collapses", the former MP said.

"The bridge was of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation)".

Some motorists who were passing beneath the bridge when it came down, were among those injured, he added.

Mumbai Police, Fire Brigade and other rescue agencies arrived at the spot and immediately evacuated those buried under the rubble and shifted them to hospitals.

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"The slab of the FOB collapsed at around 7.30pm".

The incident - the third footbridge collapse in the city in the last 18 months - occurred around 7.35 p.m.as the bridge was reportedly overloaded. "Even after that if such incident happened, it raises question on the audit".

Mumbai police have issued directions for traffic diversions, asking commuters to avoid CSMT and Crawford Market road.

Traffic has been affected after a part of the foot over bridge near CSMT station in Mumbai collapsed. Atleast 34 people have been injured, 4 people have died and several are feared to be trapped under the debris.

An eyewitness said the over-bridge was being used by pedestrians even as fix works were ongoing.

A case has been registered against officials of Central Railway and the BMC in connection with the incident, police said. "Four of those taken to hospitals have succumbed to their injuries", Tanaji Kamble, a spokesperson for the local civic authority's disaster management cell, told AFP.

"Strictest action should be taken against the engineer who declared this bridge as safe and he should be arrested right now. This is failure of the government and the system", he added. 3/7/2018-Andheri Bridge Collapse. Rly Min's tall claims of Audit have failed time and again.

In July a year ago, portion of a road over-bridge had collapsed in suburban Andheri.

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