5 dead, 29 injured as foot overbridge collapses in south Mumbai

Source: PTI | Published on 15th March 2019, 12:59 AM | National News |

Mumbai: Five persons were killed and 29 injured after a major portion of a foot overbridge near a train station in south Mumbai collapsed on Thursday evening, officials said.

The bridge connected the bustling Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station with the Azad Maidan Police Station.

All the injured have been rushed to nearby hospitals, a disaster management cell official said. 

The bridge which connected the area near the Times of India building with the iconic CSMT station was commonly known as ‘Kasab bridge’ after the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorist passed through it during the terror attacks.

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, he added.

PM Modi expresses anguish over loss of lives:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep anguish over the loss of lives in the Mumbai foot overbridge collapse.

"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," Modi tweeted.

He said the Maharashtra government was providing all possible assistance to those affected. 

 “Fire brigade personnel reached the spot immediately and rescue work is in full swing. We have appealed the motorists to avoid the D N road to JJ flyover section,” he said.

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