Mumbai bridge collapse kills four

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In an horrifying incident, a part of foot overbridge near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in south Mumbai collapsed on Thursday evening.

The injured have been rushed to the St. George Hospital and G. T. Hospital, besides Sion Hospital, said officials.

The CM also said that a high-level committee will probe the circumstances under which the 40-year-old over-bridge collapsed.

An audit of the bridge's safety was carried out previous year, said Maharashtra state Education Minister Vinod Tawde.

The bridge, which was under fix 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.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis issued a statement following the fatal bridge collapse incident outside the CSMT railway station in Mumbai.

In 2017, a stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, killing at least 22 people and injuring 32.

India's public infrastructure projects are substandard and collapse often in part because of corruption that leads to the construction of weak structure foundations and poor maintenance.

"Twenty-eight people were injured when the bridge collapsed. Senior officers are on spot [sic]".

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Another eyewitness said most of the victims were walking on the overbridge on their way to the CST station when it collapsed.

"The slab of the FOB collapsed at around 7.30pm".

"Thankfully, when the bridge collapsed, it was red signal at the nearby road, otherwise several people would definitely have been crushed under the rubble", said a taxi driver, who luckily escaped the tragedy.

"This incident puts a question mark over the competence of engineers and structural auditors who inspected bridges in Mumbai". Rail traffic remained unaffected.

A case has been registered against officials of Central Railway and the BMC in connection with the incident, police said.

Four fire brigade vehicles and two ambulances have reached the spot for rescue operations.

At least 12 people are still trapped under the debris.

An eyewitness said the over-bridge was being used by pedestrians even as fix works were ongoing. BJP MLA Raj Purohit has demanded stern action against the audit team which failed to take precautionary action. The state government will provide for the treatment of injured people.

Visuals showed that the middle of the bridge fell onto the road below. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had then announced a joint safety audit of all 445 bridges in Mumbai. An audit was conducted and some of the bridges in the city were closed.

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