One person was killed and seven others were injured when a portion of an under-construction bridge on Eastern Freeway collapsed at Wadala in central Mumbai on Thursday night.
The incident took place at about 10.45 pm when a portion of the bridge fell on the vehicles underneath, and some people were trapped under the debris.
Initially, it was thought to be a part of a monorail bridge that had collapsed, but later officials of MMRDA, the city's planning body, clarified that it was actually a part of Eastern Freeway, connecting south Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
One person was declared dead at Sion hospital, while the seven other victims are being treated for injuries at Sion and KEM hospitals.
According to doctors at the hospital, the deceased is yet to be identified and the other victims have mostly sustained fractures and deep cuts.
Portion of an under-construction flyover of Eastern freeway collapsed near Shanti Nagar, Wadala, on Thursday night. Around 15 people were seriously injured and dozens of vehicles damaged. Pic/Shadab Khan
At KEM hospital, two construction workers — identified as Ajay (25) and Lallu Khan (23) — were brought in with multiple injures. While Ajay sustained injuries to his right eyebrow and chin, Khan sustained fractures on his hand and spine.
Another worker Feroze Khan, who accompanied them, said, “Both Ajay and Lallu were on day shift, and after their shift finished at 8 pm, they were resting under the bridge. I was on night duty and was on the bridge filling concrete, when the accident occurred.”
Dashrad Deba (27): Head injury, blunt chest trauma
Mangal Mandal (25): Head injury and multiple wounds
Bhirender (30): Head injury and fractured leg
Raju (35): Fractured thigh
Abhijit (23): Pelvic fracture
Ajay (25): Deep cuts on chin and right eyebrow
Lallu Khan (23): Fractured hand and back injury