140 Killed in India Temple Stampede

40 children among the dead in mountaintop pilgrimmage
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 3, 2008 8:58 AM CDT
Bodies of devotees are seen in Himachal Pradesh, India, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008. The devotees were attending a nine-day religious festival at the Naina Devi Temple when a stampede broke out.    (AP Photo/Rahul Sharma)
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(Newser) – At least 140 people, including at least 40 children, were killed today in a stampede when a restraining rail gave way at a Hindu temple in northern India, the BBC reports. The pilgrims were attending a 9-day religious festival. Authorities used a cable car to remove the injured from the mountaintop Naina Devi temple, located about 100 miles from the Himalyan town of Shimia. It's the third deadly stampede to occur during a religious festival this year in India, though death tolls were a fraction of today's grim tally.