Twenty three people were killed and thirty nine people were injured in stampede which took place at Elphinstone Road station on September 29. A stampede erupted on a footbridge at the Elphinstone Road station around 10.30 am during the rush hour. The authorities said that over-crowding due to rains caused the tragic accident. The injured were admitted to KEM Hospital and other nearby hospitals. Accident relief medical equipment train was rushed to the accident spot and immediate medical assistance was provided to the injured.
Further details indicate that, the stampede took place after the heavy rain caught commuters off guard, sending scores scurrying for cover under a pedestrian over-bridge. Trains were rolling in and people wanted to get out of the station, but others were not making a passage. When a few tried, it led to a stampede. Another reason according to a Mumbai police official given for the stampede was a rumour that the pedestrian bridge was collapsing which sparked tension among passengers as they surged forwards to flee. The confusion between ‘phool gir gaya’ (flowers have fallen), from a flower seller mistakenly pronounced as ‘pul gir gaya’ (bridge has fallen) and on the same time girl slipped on the stairway leading to a domino effect created chaos and leaded to stampede. People who were stranded in crowd started losing their life one by one taking toll to twenty three. Many trains were delayed, traffic was affected in western areas and huge disturbance was noticed due to this Stampede.
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