Stampede at overbridge in Mumbai's Elphinstone railway station, several injured

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 29, 2017 14:31 hrs

Mumbai: Twenty-two persons were killed and over 30 are injured after a stampede occurred at a foot overbridge near Mumbai's Elphinstone railway station. 

The incident is known to have occurred at around 10:45 am on Friday during a rush hour between Lower Parel and Elphinstone stations.

Several passengers were seen standstill, while attempts are being made to provide them first aid and water. Some of the passengers were seen carrying injured people down the bridge.

Western Railway PRO said accident relief medical equipment train has reached the site, assistance is being provided to those injured. A team from KEM Hospital has also reached the accident site.

The Western Railways PRO tweeted, "During heavy rains, due to stampede like situation on North Foot Over Bridge at Elphinsten Road station about 10.30 am. Accident Relief Medical train has reached and medical assistance being provided to injured. Senior Railway officers have reached the station FOB to monitor relief work ."

The Elphinstone Road station shares one of its two footbridges with Parel station which is on the Central line.

Being two of the major railway stations with many of the office complexes right around the corner, the stations are always overcrowded during pick office hours.

Officials confirm that no part of the bridge has collapsed.

Daily commuters say, sometimes they have to wait for several minutes on the footbridge to get down as the staircases remain inadequate to accommodate the rushing crowd.

Shiv Sena-run BMC has blamed the Railways for the unfortunate tragedy, whilst claiming that the railway infrastructure is their responsibility.

Launching a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, Shiv Sena MLA Ajay Choudhary says the government is not able to provide basic facilities and services at stations but dreams of bullet trains.

President Ram Nath Kovind tweets after 22 people have died in a stampede at Mumbai's Elphinstone Railway station. The President said, "Anguished by the loss of lives in the stampede in Mumbai. Condolences to the bereaved families; prayers with injured."

Helpline numbers: Churchgate station- 22039840, Mumbai Central station- 23051665 and Elphinstone Road station- 24301614

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