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Mumbai: 1 dead as part of express freeway collapses

Last updated on: July 20, 2012 00:00 IST
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One person was killed and five 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, official sources said.

Initially, fire brigade officers had said that it was 'a part of a monorail bridge' that had collapsed, but later officials of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, the city's planning body, clarified that it was actually a part of Eastern Freeway, connecting south Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

At least six person were taken to nearby hospitals, where one was declared dead.

"Our officials are at the site. We will initiate an inquiry into the incident," MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kavathkar told PTI.

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