Some motorists who were passing beneath the bridge when it came down, were among those injured, he added. The injured people have been admitted to the nearby St. Geroge hospital, and several others were shifted to the G T hospital, he said.
“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.
The bridge connected the bustling Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station with the Azad Maidan Police Station.
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 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and fire brigades have been rushed to the spot for rescue operations. The NDRF said that a 45-member team has been rushed to bridge collapse site.
Senior police officers are also present at the spot. One team from Regional Response Center (RRC) Mumbai has also been rushed to the spot.
The Ministry of Railways said that the bridge was of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation). They, however, added that they are extending support to the victims. “The bridge was of BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation). However, we’re extending all our support to the victims. Railway doctors and personnel are cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations,” said Ministry of Railways.
The CST bridge was not part of a safety audit ordered after another foot overbridge had collapsed in Andheri. More than 400 such bridges had to be assessed in a safety audit after Andheri bridge collapse.
The traffic in the area was affected and commuters were asked to use alternate routes.
According to the Mumbai Police PRO, the bridge comes under the BMC. The bridge was repaired a year ago.
Earlier in July 2018, a part of a Road Over Bridge (ROB) had collapsed on the tracks near Andheri Station towards Vile Parle on the south end. At least six people were injured in the incident. Known as the Gokhale, the bridge connects Andheri East to West.
A foot overbridge (FOB), connecting the Parel-Elphinstone Road stations, collapsed at the suburban Elphinstone Road station in Mumbai in September 2017, killing 23 people and injuring over 30 people. In videos from the incident, people could be seen trying to climb over the railings of the stairway to escape the stampede. Commuters claimed that the foot-over bridge at Elphinstone was narrow and always crowded during the peak hours. Heavy rain had been held responsible for the stampede.