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The Latest: Railways official says stampede toll rises to 22

MUMBAI, India (AP) — The Latest on a stampede at a Mumbai train station (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

An Indian railways official says the toll from a stampede in Mumbai has risen to 22 dead.

Junior Railway Minister Manoj Sinha says another 27 were injured in the stampede that started on a pedestrian bridge during the Friday morning rush.

The stampede broke out on the bridge connecting two railway stations. People started surging to escape when concrete falling onto the railing made them think the bridge would collapse.

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Police at least 21 people have been killed in a stampede at a railway station in the west-coast Indian city of Mumbai.

City police officer Rajaram Patel says another 20 people were injured when panicked pedestrians pushed forward to the end of an overcrowded bridge, with some people falling underfoot and being trampled.

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11:45 a.m.

Police say a stampede at a Mumbai local train station has seriously injured at least 20 people amid heavy rains in the morning rush hours.

Police said the stampede was triggered by a rumor that a pedestrian overpass collapsed after concrete chunks fell. Chaos prevailed as people surged forward to leave the bridge.

Paramedics have taken the injured to a hospital, the police control room said.

Deadly stampedes are fairly common during Indian religious festivals, where large crowds gather in small areas with few safety or crowd control measures.

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