Dozens killed in stampede near Elphinstone Station in Mumbai

Dozens killed in stampede near Elphinstone Station in Mumbai

Images on social media show commuters climbing over the railings to escape (Credit: Twitter @abpnewstv)

Friday, September 29, 2017

A number of people have died in a rush-hour stampede in India.  

The incident happened around 10:30 local time (6:30am BST) in the city of Mumbai.

Local media reports four trains arriving at the same time caused dangerous overcrowding on the overbridge connecting Parel and Elphinstone Road stations. 

Causes of the stampede are subject to conflicting reports, from a few people slipping on wet ground in heavy rain to some sort of short-circuit near the bridge itself, which provoked panic.

Images on social media show bodies pressed against the railing of the bridge, with reported pictures of people jumping off the bridge to escape the crush. 

Twenty-two people are confirmed to have died in the incident so far, with over 30 reported to have been seriously injured in the incident. 

The injured have been taken to hospital, and the police remain on the scene as an investigation continues.