Mum­bai rail­way sta­tion stam­pede kills 22

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MUM­BAI, In­dia - A stam­pede on a foot­bridge at a Mum­bai rail­way sta­tion has left 22 peo­ple dead and in­jured more than 30, In­dian of­fi­cials re­port.

The tragedy oc­curred dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour at Elphinstone sta­tion, which con­nects two ma­jor lo­cal lines.

It was trig­gered by over­crowd­ing and peo­ple seek­ing shel­ter from mon­soon rains, the of­fi­cials said.

The in­jured have been taken to a nearby hospi­tal and se­nior rail­way of­fi­cials are at the scene.

"The in­ci­dent oc­curred as heavy rains lashed Mum­bai and pas­sen­gers took refuge on the foot over­bridge. Peo­ple at the front slipped and the huge crowd top­pled over, lead­ing to the stam­pede," In­dian Rail­ways spokesman Ravin­dra Bhakar told AFP news agency.

"Twenty-two dead have been con­firmed, 14 men and eight women... Some 32 pas­sen­gers are in­jured."

Akash Koteja, one of the in­jured, said: "Trains were rolling in and some peo­ple wanted to get out of the sta­tion, but oth­ers were not mak­ing way. When a few tried, it led to a stam­pede."

TV footage from the scene showed com­muters try­ing to res­cue fel­low pas­sen­gers from the crush and re­vive peo­ple by pump­ing their chests.

The gov­ern­ment launched into the causes of the dis­as­ter, but over­crowd­ing on In­dia's vast, crum­bling rail­way net­work is a peren­nial prob­lem

In­dian Prime Min­ster Naren­dra Modi tweeted: "My deep­est con­do­lences to all those who have lost their lives due to the stam­pede in Mum­bai. Prayers with those who are in­jured."

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Com­muters tried to res­cue the trapped and in­jured

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