At least 5 killed, 34 injured in Mumbai Bridge Collapse, CM announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to kin of deceased.
Five persons were killed and 34 persons got injured after a major portion of a foot over bridge which connects the area near the Times of India building with the iconic CSMT station,in south Mumbai collapsed. All the injured were rushed to nearby hospitals, a disaster management cell official said.
The incident took place around 7.30 pm when a major portion of the bridge caved in, the official said. Some motorists who were passing beneath the bridge when it came down, were among those injured.
An eye witness said when the bridge collapsed, there was a red light at the nearby signal, and that is why the death toll was contained.
This is the third bridge collapse in less than 18 months in the city. The audit was ordered after another foot over bridge had collapsed last year in Andheri. As many as 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.
Reactions poured in on social media right after the collapse, with some demanding accountability from the concerned authorities, while others condoling the death of the victims and praying for the safety of those injured.