Five people died and 34 were injured when a portion of a foot overbridge collapsed on Thursday evening near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai.
Police control room said Apoorva Prabhu (35), Ranjana Tambe (40) and Zahid Shiraj Khan (32) have been identified as the deceased. The identity of the fourth person is yet to be ascertained.Officials said Ranajana Tambe and Apurva Prabhu were nurses at GT hospital who were on the night shift.
Fifteen of the injured have been admitted to GT hospital and 21 in St George Hospital. Dr Sanjay Surase, Medical Superintendent of JJ Hospital, said that four people died in the Mumbai foot overbridge collapse (Follow updates)
The incident took place during the evening rush hour, around 7.30pm. Some motorists who were passing beneath the bridge when it came down, news agency PTI quoted an official as saying.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to the accident.
Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to the foot overbridge accident in Mumbai. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Wishing that the injured recover at the earliest. The Maharashtra Government is providing all possible assistance to those affected.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 14, 2019
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said he was pained to hear about the Mumbai foot overbridge collapse.
Pained to hear about the FOB incident near TOI building in Mumbai.
Spoke to BMC Commissioner and @MumbaiPolice officials and instructed to ensure speedy relief efforts in coordination with @RailMinIndia officials.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) March 14, 2019
Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde said the bridge was not considered dilapidated but some minor repairs were to be conducted. “Will probe why it was not shut for commuters,” he said. Tawde added that the railways and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation will jointly conduct an inquiry into the incident.
“Foot overbridge connecting CST platform 1 north end with B T 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,” Mumbai Police tweeted.
Ministry of Railways said the bridge was under the jurisdiction of the BMC, ANI reported. Railway doctors and personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations.
Fire brigade and disaster management officials are at the spot and rescue operations are underway.
The Chattrapati Shivaji terminus, earlier known as the Victoria terminus, is one of the busiest railway stations in the country.