5 dead, several injured after foot overbridge collapses at CST in Mumbai

The foot overbridge connecting platform 1 north end with BT Lane near the Times Of India building collapsed at around 7.35 p.m.

A foot overbridge leading into the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus collapsed on Thursday, killing five people and injuring several.

The FOB, which is taken by hundreds of commuters everyday, was reported to have collapsed on Thursday evening. Police officials as well as rescue workers rushed to the spot within minutes, and the injured are being treated at the GT Hospital nearby and St. George Hospital.

Surjewala demands Railway Minister’s resignation

Indian National Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, on Twitter, listed out previous such incidents in Mumbai and demanded that Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal resign.

"Deeply saddened to learn about the #MumbaiBridgCollapse where several people are still reportedly trapped," Mr. Surjewala tweeted. "My deepest condolences to the families of innocent victims of this terrible tragedy. Hope administration takes swift action & provides urgent medical help to injured.

"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."

Governor of Maharashtra, CH. Vidyasagar Rao, said: “I convey my deepest condolences to the next of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident. I pray for the speedy recovery of all those who have been injured in the incident.”

Deora slams BMC, structural auditors

Congress leader Milind Deora said: "This is a BMC bridge. Not a railway bridge. Six months ago, a structural audit was conducted, which declared it safe with some minor repairs.

"I demand that BMC officers and structural auditors be charged with murder. There is a severe case of negligence, if after a structural audit that has declared the bridge fit. An FIR should be lodged under section 302."

Deeply anguished, says Modi

 

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said: "This is not the time to play the blame game. Whoever is responsible will not be spared. An audit was conducted and some of the bridges in the city were closed. What was the status of this bridge? An inquiry has been initiated, which will give answers to these questions."

Three of the deceased were nurses

DCP Manjunath Singe, a Mumbai Police spokesperson, confirmed that the five killed have been identified as Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40), Zahid Shiraj Khan (32), Bhakti Shinde (40), and Tapendra Singh (35). He added that 36 people are injured, out of which two are in serious condition.

Dr Vikas Miandad, medical superintendent of GT hospital, said that the three women who died were nurses working at GT hospital. They are all residents of Dombivali and were on the way to the hospital to report for their night shift.

BJP leader Vinod Tawde said: "I have received information that a slab of the bridge fell at 7.20 p.m. BMC and Railways will do an inquiry into the incident and if the bridge required any repairs."

‘Railway traffic not affected’

The Mumbai Police, from their official handle, tweeted at 7.46 p.m. saying, “Foot overbridge connecting platform 1 north end with BT Lane near Times Of India building has collapsed. Injured persons are being shifted to hospitals. Trafic affected. Commuters to use alternate routes. Senior officers are on spot [sic].”

“In an unfortunate incident a portion of a foot overbridge (FOB) over the road outside CSMT station collapsed. It is a public FOB. Railway traffic is not affected,” said a Central Railway spokesperson Sunil Udasi.

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