Two commuters were killed Thursday when they fell off an overcrowded local train at Mulund, an official said as the Central Railway's suburban services continued to be disrupted by signalling woes, leading to chaos in the city. Fifteen people travelling in other packed trains were also injured.
Several people clutching at the window grill while standing close to the door, fell down with them in a heap beside the tracks, police said. While the crash proved fatal for the three. The injured passengers were admitted to a nearby hospital.
One of the injured succumbed to his injuries in a hospital later taking the toll upto three.
He said that there was no violation found on the part of the Central Railway and that the deaths and injuries were caused due to overcrowding in the trains.
"Central Railway has also announced compensation for those injured and killed in the accident," the official said.
While trains, choc-a-bloc with commuters, are running late by 40 minutes to an hour or more, the Eastern Express Highway linking Navi Mumbai to the city and roads connecting eastern suburbs with south Mumbai witnessed huge traffic snarls as many people brought out their own vehicles and hired autos and taxis to reach their offices.
Scores of people were seen sitting atop the trains under a blazing sun to reach their places of work as the locomotives moved at a snail's pace.
Trying to make a quick buck, the taxi and autorickshaw drivers were charging hefty sums from the commuters many of whom travelled to stations on the western line to catch trains to reach CST and Churchgate stations in south Mumbai.
Millions of commuters and students in the city have faced a harrowing time since Wednesday as local trains were severely disrupted following the fire around 12.15 a.m. Wednesday in the signal cabin at Kurla.
The fire was brought under control in a short time and there were no casualties reported.
The CR expects the restoration work to be completed Friday.