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‘Heard a loud noise, couldn’t see anything for 2 minutes’, say witnesses of overbridge…

Nothing was visible for the first few minutes after an overbridge near Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus collapsed on Thursday evening, according to witnesses and immediate rescuers.

Imran Khan (30), a driver at The Times of India situated nearby, recounted that there was dust everywhere.

“We heard a loud sound and rushed near the bridge. For the first two minutes, we could not see anything as there was dust everywhere. Few minutes later, we saw nearly 15 people severely injured after having fallen from the bridge,” he said.

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One of the injured, 23-year-old Rajesh Das, a resident of Byculla, was walking on the bridge when it collapsed causing a fracture in his right hand and other injuries.

“I work at Zaveri Bazar and after work, I was coming to CST to catch a train to my hometown in Kolkata. Around 7.30 pm, when I was on the bridge, it came crashing down. Fortunately I didn’t lose consciousness and with the assistance of people who came to help me, I called my brother,” Das said. He was shifted to St George Hospital.

Khan said he and his friends took 4 people to GT hospital, about a kilometre from the site of the incident.

“I saw three women on the road who were completely unresponsive and took them to the hospital,” he said.

At least three persons, including two women, have died and 28 were injured in the collapse.

“There were more than 20 people on the bridge when a part of it collapsed. I saw one person who was crying for help and took him to GT hospital. He was a worker at the Metro construction site near Azad Maidan,” Lahu Kurhade, another eyewitness, said.

Another witness told NDTV that the slab of the overbridge collapsed on a taxi passing below.

First Published:
Mar 14, 2019 21:01 IST

Source: HindustanTimes