Indian Woman Killed in Eclipse Stampede

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 22, 2009 2:48 AM CDT
A total solar eclipse blots out light in Varanasi, India, today.    (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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(Newser) – A woman was killed early today in a stampede at the Ganges River where thousands of devout Hindus gathered to witness a total eclipse of the sun, AP reports. Millions poured outside to see the longest eclipse of the 21st Century. But many in the superstitious nation fearfully huddled indoors until sunlight returned.