At least five people died and over 36 were injured after a major portion of a foot overbridge outside Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station collapsed on Thursday. As per preliminary reports, the two deceased are GT Hospital staffers. Both were nurses, one was a male nurse. They had completed their second shift and were returning home.
The deceased have been identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40), Zahid Shiraj Khan (32), Sarika Kulkarni (35) and Tapendra Singh (35). Some reports claim that two injured are in critical condition.
Traffic has been severely affected and commuters have been asked to use alternate routes. Efforts are on to clear the debris of the foot overbridge. Police officials and ambulances are on the spot. The bridge collapsed during peak hours when there was a lot of rush on the bridge. “The incident took place around 7.30 pm when a major portion of the bridge caved in,” an official said.
#UPDATE Disaster Management Unit (DMU) of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation): Five people have died in the incident where part of a foot over bridge near CSMT railway station collapsed. #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/juiLAQZOvk
— ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2019
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala targeted the BJP government at the Centre and state and demanded Railway MInister Piyush Goyal’s resignation. “Modi Govt & Mah. Govt are criminally culpable for inaction leading to repeat tragedies-: 29/9/2017-Elphistone Stampede. 3/7/2018-Andheri Bridge Collapse. Rly Min’s tall claims of Audit have failed time and again. Rly Min, Piyush Goyal must resign or be sacked,” he tweeted.
Modi Govt & Mah. Govt are criminally culpable for inaction leading to repeat tragedies-:
3/7/2018-Andheri Bridge Collapse.
Rly Min’s tall claims of Audit have failed time and again.
Rly Min, Piyush Goyal must resign or be sacked.
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) March 14, 2019
An eyewitness said when the bridge collapsed, there was a red light at the nearby signal, and that is why the death toll was contained. Another eyewitness said the overbridge was being used despite repairs being carried out this morning.
“Footover bridge connecting CSMT platform 1 north end with BT Lane near Times of India building has collapsed. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals. Traffic affected. Commuters to use alternate routes. Senior officers are on spot,” said Mumbai police.