Stampede at Mumbai Railway Station Kills at Least 22

Shruti Lokre, who was caught in the crush but survived, told the news channel NDTV that heavy rain had slowed people down even as a crowd of commuters built up behind them.


The overpass at Prabhadevi station, formerly called Elphinstone Road, where commuters were crushed in a stampede on Friday. Credit Divyakant Solanki/European Pressphoto Agency

“There was not enough space even to breath,” Ms. Lokre said. “The bridge shakes every time when there is a crowd. I saw many bodies lying around when I got out.”

Commuters have often complained of congestion on the overpass. “We asked for an extra bridge for a long time, but the authorities will not listen,” one commuter told a television crew.

Officials have not yet given a cause for the tragedy, but India’s railway minister, Piyush Goyal, announced a review of the safety and capacity of all such spots in Mumbai’s suburban rail network, saying it would be a top priority to widen and repair overpasses where needed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the accident on Twitter, writing: “My deepest condolences to all those who have lost their lives due to the stampede in Mumbai. Prayers with those who are injured.”

The authorities said that the families of each of the victims would receive one million rupees, or about $15,200, as compensation.

India’s railways, which transport about 23 million people a day over more than 70,000 miles of track, have been neglected for years, and safety standards are unevenly enforced.

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