People at the front slipped and the huge crowd toppled over, leading to the stampede,” Indian Railways spokesman Ravindra Bhakar told to media. There may also have been a power cut that exacerbated the panic. Passengers who had been taking shelter from heavy rain tried to leave the station at the same time. When falling concrete hit a bridge railing, people in the crowd thought the bridge would collapse and surged to escape.
Police and emergency officials did not respond immediately. “Trains were rolling in and some people wanted to get out of the station, but others were not making way,” a witness said. “Two of the injured are in serious condition,” said Deepak Sawant, the health minister of the western state of Maharashtra surrounding Mumbai. Tanaji Pawar, a spokesman for Mumbai’s disaster management unit, warned that the death toll “is likely to go up”. Indian TV channels showed the injured lying on the ground with people trying to revive some by pumping their chests and carrying the wounded down into the street. Mumbai police have appealed for blood donations to help treat the injured. The prime minister, Narendra Modi, said he was praying for the injured.