Mumbai bridge collapse kills four
Four people were killed and dozens injured when a footbridge collapsed near Mumbai’s main train station yesterday, the latest accident to highlight creaking infrastructure in India’s financial capital. The bridge, which was under repair according to multiple Indian media reports, gave way around 7.30 pm (1400 GMT) as rush hour commuters made their way into Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus. “Twenty-eight people were injured when the bridge collapsed.
Four of those taken to hospitals have succumbed to their injuries,” Tanaji Kamble, a spokesman for the local civic authority’s disaster management cell, said. India’s National Disaster Response Force said it had sent a team to the site over fears that people may be trapped under rubble.
The accident comes almost two years after 23 people died in a crush on a narrow overcrowded footbridge at Prabhadevi station in the centre of the city in September 2017. Some 7.5 million passengers commute in nearly 2,500 trains daily on Mumbai’s colonial-era rail network, a lifeline for the city’s 20 million residents.