22 people were killed in a death-debacle at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station this morning when a crowd tried to leave a narrow railway bridge connecting two stations after heavy rain. Heart-wrenching visuals showed a crush of bodies on the bridge, straining against the railing.
Screams were heard from those trying to escape the weight of the bodies and some were seen jumping off the bridge. The incident took place around 10:30 am on the foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations. Initial reports suggest more than 37 people are injured.
According to witnesses, four trains came at the same time and due to the rain, a few commuters slipped, which led to the tragedy. There were more than the usual people on the bridge at the time, waiting for the rain to end.
BMC’s disaster management unit said, “required agencies have been mobilised.” Mumbai Police said there is a shortage of A -ve, B -ve and AB -ve blood group in KEM hospital.
Elphinstone station is usually crowded during peak hours as it caters to office-goers in the Lower Parel area. The station, on the Western Line of the Mumbai suburban rail network, also connects to Parel station on the Central line.