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Children Die in Bus-Train Collision in India

26 April 2018

The railway crossing where the accident took place is said to have been unmanned. "The injured children were immediately hospitalised and there is the possibility that death toll may go up".

Thirteen children were killed and six critically injured when a train rammed into a school van at an unmanned crossing on Thursday. All students are said to be from Divine Public School.

According to railway ministry officials, the train which was on its way to Gorakhpur from Siwan, dragged the school van for over 100 meters before coming to a halt. An inquiry has been ordered.

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Expressing grief, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was "extremely saddened" and added that the UP government and railway department would take appropriate action.

Mr Adityanath has ordered an immediate inquiry into the matter by the Gorakhpur Commissioner and directed the district administration to provide all possible help and medical aid to the victims.

The accident took place early in the morning when the children were on their way to school.

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Meanwhile, commenting on the incident, an Indian Railways spokesperson has blamed negligence on the part of the van driver, who despite being warned by the gate operator, refused to listen. Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Kushinagar district, Akhilesh Kumar told a news agency that one child and the driver of the van were in critical condition. He also announced an ex gratia of Rs two lakh each to the families of the deceased.

Along with children, the driver has also been killed in the accident.

"I spoke to the Railways minister on ways to man the unmanned railway crossing". He had earphones on and there are questions about his age too.

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CM Yogi declared an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to each of the families of the victims, and Union Railways Minister also announced an additional Rs 2 lakh to each of the families of the victims on the behalf of the railways.

Children Die in Bus-Train Collision in India