Mumbai bridge collapse kills six: Officials

Injured men lie on a road after a footbridge collapsed in Mumbai.
Injured men lie on a road after a footbridge collapsed in Mumbai.PHOTO: REUTERS
Injured people are rushed to an ambulance after a footbridge collapsed in Mumbai.
Injured people are rushed to an ambulance after a footbridge collapsed in Mumbai.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Injured people wait for medical assistance after a footbridge collapsed in Mumbai.
Injured people wait for medical assistance after a footbridge collapsed in Mumbai.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MUMBAI (AFP) - Six people were killed and dozens injured when a footbridge collapsed near Mumbai's main train station on Thursday (March 14), 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 7.30pm (10pm Singapore time) as rush hour commuters made their way into Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus.

Officials from the local disaster management office said six people had died while a further 31 were being treated in hospital for injuries, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency.

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 authorities began dismantling the remaining portion of the bridge late on Thursday night, PTI reported.

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. Indian railway officials blamed bad weather for causing the deadly stampede despite commuter warnings before the tragedy of a disaster waiting to happen.

Experts pointed the finger of blame at the railway network's creaking infrastructure, which has long struggled to cope with several million daily passengers.

About 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.

Travelling on it is not without its dangers, however.

An average of almost 10 people die on the suburban railway every day, either from falling off crowded trains or while crossing the tracks.

Commuters say investment in the railway's crumbling infrastructure has not kept up with the city's burgeoning population.