Andheri Bridge Collapse: Fast trains finally start operating on Western Line

Bridge collapse in Mumbai, India, halts train traffic (PHOTOS)

Rescue workers seen working at the site of an overbridge that collapsed over the railway tracks after heavy rains in Mumbai, India, Jul 3, 2018. Sawant had largely slowed the train, which was moving at a speed of 60 km per hour, yet was only a little over 50 metres ahead of the arterial Gokhale bridge when its southern stretch of slabs collapsed and fell along with overhead wires.

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has "applauded the quick thinking and timely action of WR motorman Sawant at the time of the Andheri bridge mishap and announced a Rs 5 lakh reward for him", an official said. "We are at the spot & trying to check with the locals if some one is missing as they might be trapped under the debris". Five people were injured.

Since Monday night, the city was battered with more than 131 mm rainfall and the surroundings got between 130-210 mm, leading to waterlogging in places like Kandivali, Jogeshwari, Andheri, Ghatkopar, Santacruz, Sion, Kings Circle, Matunga, Kurla, Chembur, Tilak Nagar and other areas.

Mumbai has been lashed by showers since many hours now.

Five people have been injured - two have been admitted to the intensive care unit at Cooper Hospital, while three have been admitted for fractures. Safety audit will be done of 445 bridges in Mumbai suburban.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has spoken to Mumbai Police Commissioner and BMC commissioner about the incident.

Railroad spokesman Ravinder Bhakar said no trains were passing in the area at the time of the collapse around 7:30 a.m.

Prashant Ghag, who works in media house at Fort said, "When I reached Borivili to board a Churchgate bound train, I came to know that all the lines of Western Railway have come to halt".

As a seasoned driver of Mumbai suburban trains, Chadrashekhar Sawant is no stranger to mounting professional challenges during monsoons in the coastal city, yet what he managed to do on Tuesday morning is widely being hailed as heroic-and rightfully so.

Four fire brigade vehicles were rushed to the spot. news agency ANI reported.