Five injured as bridge falls near Andheri station

Heavy rains in Mumbai live updates Part of bridge collapses at least five injured

Heavy rains in Mumbai live updates Part of bridge collapses at least five injured

But the tragedy could have been much bigger had it not been for Chandrashekhar Sawant, the driver of a local train that was approaching the station seconds after the mishap.

Mumbai: An alert motorman's presence of mind saved several lives after an ROC collapsed in Mumbai's Andheri after an ROB collapsed on Tuesday morning.

The falling bridge damaged a portion of the platform roof, blocked the railway lines and damaged the high-tension electric wires and overhead power equipments, he added.

'I immediately applied emergency brakes when I saw the line snap. "More people travelled by bus because of the bridge collapse", bus conductor Umesh Giri said. "This is a bridge that's maintained by the Railways, and we pay money to the Railways for the upkeep and maintenance of bridges", said Mahadeshwar. As the rains intensified, as it happens every time the infrastructure of the city got a hit. Speaking to reporters, Goyal said that Sawant will be honoured by his ministry later.

Recognising his heroic efforts, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced an immediate reward of Rs 5 lakh. During the last 9 years, the channel has won over 197 awards and accolades at the prestigious Asian Television Awards, Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Indian Television Academy Awards, News Television Awards and Indian Telly Awards, making it India's Most Awarded English News Channel.

Almost 500 personnel from the Railways, the Fire Brigade, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the National Disaster Response Force worked for several hours to remove the debris from the tracks.

As a precautionary measure, Mumbai police have stopped all traffic above and below the bridge till the green signal from the railway authorities.

Coming nine months after the Elphinstone Road FOB crash and stampede that left 23 commuters dead, Tuesday's incident instilled fear among the commuters, especially since at least three jam-packed locals had passed the bridge seconds before the crash.

Earlier, he had ordered an inquiry into the incident and a team of the Commissioner of Railway Safety visited the site for a preliminary assessment.

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