In a horrific incident, the Elphinstone Road foot over bridge that was in the news earlier in the month (on September 29) for killing 22 people, left a woman injured. According to a PTI report, a woman passenger was reportedly injured after a part of a tile of a foot overbridge (FOB) at the suburban Elphinstone Road railway station fell on her head while she was entering the premises, according to an official. The incident took place today around 3.40 P.M at the booking office end of the FOB – the injured woman has been identified as 38-year-old Anita. A Western Railway official while talking about the incident said, “The passenger, identified only as Anita (38), sustained a minor injury in the incident that occurred at around 3.40 P.M.”
According to PTI, the woman is a resident of suburban Chembur, after she was hurt, she was admitted in the nearby KEM hospital by the on-duty GRP and RPF personnel, where her condition is stated to be fine. The FOB links the Elphinstone Road and Parel railway stations.
A five-member committee, led by Western Railway’s Chief Safety Officer S K Singla in a report of the stampede said that the incident was triggered by heavy rains and ‘confusion’. The report said, “The situation got further aggravated when a bundle of flowers of a vendor dropped, followed by someone shouting that ‘majha phool padla’ (my flowers dropped) and some commuters mistook the word ‘phool’ (flowers) for ‘pull’ (bridge). This may have possibly triggered panic and led to the stampede.”