Saturday 22 September 2018

Pedestrians injured in bridge collapse at Mumbai railway station

A spokesman said incessant rain seemed to have caused cracks in the bridge at Andheri station.

Rescue workers at the site of a pedestrian bridge that collapsed at a railway station in Mumbai, India (Rafiq Maqbool/AP)
Rescue workers at the site of a pedestrian bridge that collapsed at a railway station in Mumbai, India (Rafiq Maqbool/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

At least five people were injured when part of a pedestrian bridge collapsed at a railway station in India during heavy rain.

A fire official said rescue work was in progress at Andheri station in Mumbai, India’s financial capital. Officials said heavy rain was hampering rescue and relief operations.

Train services in the area were disrupted after the incident, which happened at 7.30am local time on Tuesday.

Debris fell on to the tracks, but railway spokesman Ravinder Bhakar said no trains were passing at the time of the collapse.

He said authorities were assessing the damage and co-ordinating rescue work.

Police official Yaibhav Nigade said at least five people were injured and have been taken to hospital. He said at least one person was still trapped in the debris.

The overhead pass connects eastern and western portions of the Andheri railways station, and the incident stranded hundreds of passengers during the morning rush-hour.

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Rescuers work at the scene of the pedestrian bridge collapse in Mumbai (Rafiq Maqbool/AP)

India TV quoted an eyewitness saying that he heard shouts of someone at the bridge collapse site calling out to be saved.

Another witness said some people were trapped under the concrete debris.

Aaj Tak television news channel reported that the bridge was more than 50 years old.

Mr Bhakar said incessant rain seemed to have caused cracks in the bridge, resulting in the collapse.

India’s railway minister, Piyush Goyal, ordered an inquiry into the incident.

In a tweet, he “directed officials to speed up repair work and rapidly restore traffic in close co-ordination with other departments”.

Every day, millions of commuters use the sprawling rail network in Mumbai and its suburbs.

Last year, at least 22 people died and 32 others were injured in a stampede triggered by a rumour that a pedestrian overpass had collapsed after concrete chunks fell at another railway station.

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