Mumbai: Train services hit as Footover bridge collapses near Andheri station

Mumbai, July 3 : Train services of the Western Railway here came to a halt after a portion of a foot overbridge crashed on the Railway tracks, hitting the suburban train services here during Tuesday morning peak hours, an official said.

At least six people suffered minor injuries and no casualties were reported. Overhead Equipment (OHE) has been damaged and a team of engineers have swung into action to restore it, chief PRO of Western Railway Ravinder Bhakar told.

No one is trapped under the debris.An official from Disaster Management Unit said that fire brigade jawans and other agencies have been mobilised to clear the debris.

The Mumbai Fire Brigade, city police and ambulance services were deployed at the site to remove the debris.

Due to the collapse, slow and fast trains on the Western Line have been halted. Traffic has been temporarily suspended below and above the bridge as well.

The Mumbai Police tweeted, “Part of Gokhale Bridge, connecting Andheri East to West has collapsed affecting the overhead wires too. Trains on the western line are affected. BMC, Fire Brigade as well as RPF Staff & Officers are deputed on spot for support. Traffic above & below the bridge is stopped for now.”

Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) is running 14 extra buses between Borivali to Churchgate.

 

Heavy overnight rains and waterlogging in many areas is suspected to be the cause of the crash of the structure, known as the Gokhale Bridge, on S.V. Road.

Work was on to remove the debris from the WR tracks which blocked services in both directions, hitting hard the Mumbai commuters bound for their offices.

Mumbai’s Dabbawalas have suspended all their tiffin box deliveries on Tuesday on the WR routes, but would continue on other routes.

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