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This Tweet Warned Authorities That Elphinstone Was An "Accident Waiting To Happen" Back In February

Earlier today, at least 22 people died and many more were injured after a stampede on the foot-over bridge connecting Elphinstone Road and Parel stations.

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At 10:45 am this morning, a stampede at the crowded Elphinstone Road station caused the death of at least 22 people, and injured dozens of others.

Twitter: @shrilesh_05

The accident was allegedly caused by trains running late and a possible short-circuit that caused panic amongst commuters stuck on the station's narrow foot-over bridge. The bridge connects Elphinstone Road to Parel Station.

Since the news broke, residents of Mumbai have been tweeting in anger about how mismanaged the local train system is, and how the people in charge should have taken steps to prevent such an incident.

Daily i fear such a tragedy. EVERY station in Mumbai is a potential death-trap. Fucked up infrastructure made worse… https://t.co/jaPQ9K4YH6

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Weak infra + Overcrowded bridges/Places = Ticking Time Bombs.. Wake up!! This is not the price to pay to learn a lesson #Elphinstone

In fact, in a tweet from way back in February, noted cartoonist Manjul had brought up the appalling infrastructure at this very station, stating that it was a "major accident waiting to happen".

Pre-rush hour Parel station. The only staircase which people use to exit and enter the station. A major accident is… https://t.co/XjzioZWgzB

He had even tagged the then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in his tweets, hoping that some preventive action would be taken to avoid such an incident.

Hopefully, @sureshpprabhu ji will do something ASAP. It is very dangerous and a nightmare for old people, women, kids and 'divyangs'.

And even though the Ministry of Railways acknowledged him and said that the matter would be addressed, today's events have shown the apathy of the authorities.

@MANJULtoons your suggestion is being forwarded to concerned official @Drmmumbaicr

The tweets are now going viral as proof of the shocking lack of concern shown by the officials.

In fact, people had been tweeting about the overcrowded foot-over bridge where the stampede occurred as recently as yesterday.

I spend at least 10 mins of my day in a queue at #Parel to get up the stairs to exit. Getting to work is such a str… https://t.co/szQHDYrFFZ

PM Modi has now said that the incident will be investigated closely.

Situation in Mumbai is being continuously monitored. @PiyushGoyal is in Mumbai taking stock of the situation & ensuring all assistance.

You can reach the helpline to inquire about casualties of the accident at +91-22-24136051, +91-22-24107020, or +91-22-24131419.

Sahil Rizwan is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.

Contact Sahil Rizwan at sahil.rizwan@buzzfeed.com.

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