Bloomberg News reports that eyewitnesses said a crowd of several hundred commuters gathered on a narrow footbridge to seek cover from the rain during the morning rush hour. The city’s suburban railway carries 8 million people, equivalent to Switzerland’s population, daily.
India’s new Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, who on Thursday said passenger safety was his biggest priority, ordered a probe into the stampede. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to offer his "deepest condolences" to those who lost their lives and "prayers with those who are injured".
The crowded Elphinstone station connects office-goers to Lower Parel, which houses financial firms and large corporates. Television footage showed injured lying on the station’s platform and police and railway personnel collecting shoes from the site of the stampede.
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