Mumbai has witnessed one of the worst accidents ever. At least 6 people, including two women, have been killed and over 30 are injured as a footover bridge outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai collapsed on 14 march 2019’s evening. According to rescuers, several persons are also trapped under the debris.
More than a dozen people are feared trapped in the debris after the bridge collapsed near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus during rush hour, India Today TV news channel reported.
The injured are being shifted to hospitals, the Mumbai Police said. “Foot over bridge connecting CST platform 1 north end with B T Lane near Times of India building has collapsed,” the Mumbai Police tweeted.
Eyewitnesses said repairs were being carried out on the overbridge this morning, but it was still being used.
The traffic in the area has been affected. The police have asked commuters to use alternate routes.
Faye D’Souza, the executive editor of Mirror Now, meanwhile, tweeted that the bridge was managed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and was “fixed and revamped” in 2016. She added that the bridge is just 500 metres from the BMC HQ.
In the wake of the incident, traffic in the entire area has been affected. Commuters are being urged to use alternate routes. Senior Mumbai police officers are on the spot. Rescue operations are underway.
Here are a few pictures and videos from the accident site:
— ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2019
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The CSMT bridge was not part of a safety audit ordered after another foot overbridge had collapsed last year in Andheri. 445 such bridges had to be assessed in a safety audit after last July’s Andheri bridge collapse.
The 40-year-old bridge at the Andheri station had crumpled after heavy rain. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had then said the Andheri bridge, built in 1971, had a “design flaw”.
Nine months before that, in 2017, 23 people were killed in a stampede when the Elphinstone Bridge had collapsed.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways.
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