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Negligence case over deadly Mumbai bridge collapse

March 16, 2019 00:00:00

MUMBAI, Mar 15 (AFP): Indian police said on Friday they had filed a negligence case against Mumbai's civic and railway authorities after a footbridge collapsed killing six people and injuring dozens more.

The bridge, which was under repair, gave away around 7.30 pm (1400 GMT) on Thursday as rush hour commuters made their way into Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus, the city's main train station.

It was the latest accident to highlight creaking infrastructure in India's financial capital and came almost two years after 23 people died in a crush on a narrow overcrowded footbridge at another station.

Three women and three men, aged between 32 and 55, died in Thursday's tragedy. Another 33 people were injured.

Indian media reported that three who succumbed to their injuries were nurses. Two of them died at the hospital where they worked after doctors were unable to save them.

Mumbai police spokesman Manjunath Singe said in a WhatsApp message to journalists that a first information report had been registered against officials for "causing death by negligence".

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