A slab of the Road Over Bridge (ROB), that connects Andheri east to Andheri west, has collapsed on the railway track at around 7:30 am. The Mumbai Fire Brigade, city police and ambulance services were deployed at the site to remove the debris. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has also reached the spot.
NDRF team, with dog squad, is present at the spot. 2 people have been rescued from under the debris so far. Total 6 injuries have been reported. Rescue operation underway. Railway tracks submerged under water at Sion Railway Station following heavy rainfall, reported ANI.
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. Trains are likely to resume on that stretch of the Western Line only at 3 pm, reported The Indian Express.
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.”
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 pic.twitter.com/LMcKmwyDCh
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) July 3, 2018
Meanwhile, Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered an inquiry into the incident. He has directed authorities to ensure the bridge is repaired quickly and traffic is restored.
Part of Road Over Bridge has fallen on tracks near Andheri Station impacting rail traffic. Directed officials to speed up repair work and rapidly restore traffic in close coordination with other departments. I have also ordered an enquiry by Commissioner of Rail Safety.
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) July 3, 2018
The trains are likely to go from Churchgate to Bandra and from Borivali to further north. No local train is running on Western Suburban line.