Stampede at Mumbai railway station kills 22

Monitoring Desk

MUMBAI: At least 22 people killed and 30 others were injured in commuter stampede at the Mumbai railway bridge during the rush hour on Friday morning.

Indian Railways Spokesman Anil Saxena told local media that dozens of people took after starts of a sudden rain. He added that here was a huge crowd on the FOB (foot over bridge). Everybody tried to leave at once and it appeared one of them slipped and fell, triggering the stampede.

Meanwhile, The Disaster Management Cell spokesman, Tanaji Kamble warned that the toll is likely to rise as it was the peak rush hour.

TV footage showed commuters trying to revive the injured by pumping their chests and also carrying some down stairs to street level.

One eye witness told media that we put everybody who was injured in cars, police vans and ambulances and tried to take them to the hospital as quickly as possible,

Local trains are the lifeline for the 20 million people of Mumbai. Some 7.5 million commuters take the train daily, with services running every three minutes on average.