Uttar Pradesh: 13 school children killed in Kushinagar accident

13 Children Killed As Train Hits School Bus At Unmanned Railway Crossing In Uttar Pradesh

The train was on its way to Gorakhpur from Siwan.

The bus had been travelling across an unmanned railway crossing when the accident took place, said BBC quoting the police.

Meanwhile, Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani said that the railways are trying to eliminate all unmanned railway crossings. "He [train driver] tried to stop but the unfortunate incident happened at an unmanned gate near Dudhi station in the Banaras division". "There has been accidents before, where a tractor was stuck on the tracks, killing the driver", said a local.

Prime Minister Modi condoles death of children.

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also visited the site. The driver of the school van has also died, taking the death toll up to 13.

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Gorakhpur Divisional Commissioner Anil Kumar has been asked to probe the incident. "Ministry of Railways will provide an ex gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh for kin of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh for those with serious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those with simple injuries", the railway minister said in the statement.

Adityanath's office also instructed the district authorities to undertake rescue and relief operations immediately.

As per the Police officials, the collision occurred at unmanned railway crossing in Bahpurva between the school van and train.

The CM also rushed to the accident site for an on-the-spot assessment. An inquiry has been ordered. The bus was carrying at least 18 children. "Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families and with those injured #PresidentKovind".

Deadly road accidents are common in India often caused due to overloading, bad condition of roads and reckless driving. My heartfelt condolences to their parents. Praying to god for peace to departed souls and strength to parents. "May the injured students recover soon".

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