16 die in separate mishaps on Mumbai suburban network on Thursday, highest in recent times

16 die in separate mishaps on Mumbai suburban network on Thursday, highest in recent times
The fatalities were reported at Thane (3), Kurla (3), Dombivili (2), Kalyan (2), Vashi (1), Panvel (1), Mumbai Central (1), Bandra (1), Borivali (1) and Vasai (1) stations (Representational Image)

At least 16 people, including a woman, died in separate mishaps on Mumbai’s suburban railway network on Thursday, the Railway Police said.

According to officials, this was the highest single-day fatalities recorded on the suburban rail network, often referred to as Mumbai’s lifeline, in recent times.

Thirteen other commuters were injured in these mishaps, the Railway Police said in a release. Of the 16 deaths, seven were reported from railway stations in Thane district which is part of the Mumbai metropolitan region.

The Thane railway station reported three deaths followed by Dombivali and Kalyan (two each), the release said. The Kurla railway station, which handles trains of both Harbour and Main Line sections, also reported three deaths.

Railway stations at Vashi, Panvel, Mumbai Central, Bandra, Borivali, and Vasai reported one death each, the release said, adding that a woman was among the 16 deceased.

The suburban railway network, which ferries 80 lakh commuters every day, reports 8 to 9 passenger deaths daily in various mishaps. However, in a rare fear, no fatalities were recorded on June 26.

Mishaps on rail tracks take place primarily due to trespassing, boarding or alighting from running trains and falling off overcrowded trains, among others.

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