2 nurses among Mumbai overbridge collapse victims

Mumbai, March 14, 2019: Two nurses on their way to hospital for night duty were killed on March 14 when an overbridge collapsed in Mumbai.

At least five persons were killed and 33 others injured after a portion of the concrete slab of a key foot over bridge connecting Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to a school on the busy Dadabhai Naoroji Road in south Mumbai collapsed at around 7.30 pm.

Ranajana Tambe, 40, and Apurva Prabhu, 35, had been working as nurses at GT Hospital since 2005, the hospital staff told The Hindustan Times.

The overbridge was at Mumabi’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Several of the injured in the collapse were taken to GT hospital.

Both the nurses were from Dombivili. Tambe worked in ward 6 while Apurva Prabhu in the operation theater. Prabhu is survived by her husband and two children, the nurses said.

The other victims were Zahid Shiraj Khan, Bhakti Shinde and Tapendra Singh.

Eye witnesses said nothing was visible for the first few minutes after the overbridge collapsed.

“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.

Railways and BMC will jointly conduct an inquiry into the incident, state minister Vinod Tawde said after reaching the site.

Mumbai police have issued directions for traffic diversions, asking commuters to avoid CSMT and Crawford Market road.

Fire brigade and disaster management officials reached the spot and carried out rescue operations.

The Chattrapati Shivaji terminus, earlier known as the Victoria terminus, is one of the busiest railway stations in the country.

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