Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday ordered a high-level probe into the stampede at Elphinstone Road station this morning. At least 22 people lost their lives and around forty more are currently undergoing treatment at Mumbai’s KEM hospital. The enquiry will be probed by the Chief Security Officer of the Western Railways, Goyal said.
“Just landed in Mumbai. Deeply grieved at tragic loss of innocent lives due to an unfortunate stampede at Elphinstone Road foot over bridge. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured persons. Have ordered a high level enquiry headed by the Chief Safety Officer, Western Railways,” Goyal said. Click here for photos of the Elphinstone Road station stampede
Goyal was on his way to the city to launch several new trains along the suburban line. The new trains would travel on the Western Railway line as well as the Central Railway Line. The event now stands cancelled.
The stampede took place when there was sudden rainfall in Mumbai and people started rushing to the foot over bridge seeking shelter. As the rain didn’t subside and trains kept entering the station, the crowd on the FOB increased, an eyewitness told The Indian Express. He further adds that at one point of time, there were at least three people ontop of each other.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his condolences at the loss of lives in the stampede. Modi said a probe has been ordered. “My deepest condolences to all those who have lost their lives due to the stampede in Mumbai. Prayers with those who are injured,” he said.