Stampede in India’s financial capital kills at least 22

MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 29, 2017) (ANI) – A string of ambulances arrived at a hospital in India’s financial hub of Mumbai on Friday (September 29) after at least 22 people were killed and more than 30 wounded in a rush hour stampede during a sudden monsoon downpour at a railway station.

Indian Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said he had ordered a high-level inquiry to determine the cause of the stampede, which took place on a bridge at the city’s central Elphinstone station.

A witness who was injured in the incident said the stampede took place after the cloudburst caught commuters off guard, prompting scores to scurry for cover under the roof of the station’s pedestrian overbridge.

A majority of Mumbai’s working population depends on suburban railways as the city faces long traffic jams, lacks parking spaces and has poor road conditions.