13 school kids dead as train-van collide in UP

Kushinagar Indian Railways train, bus collision Live: Over 13 children killed in UP accident; Goyal announces Rs 2 lakh compensation

Kushinagar Indian Railways train, bus collision Live: Over 13 children killed in UP accident; Goyal announces Rs 2 lakh compensation

Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh province, visited the scene and the hospital where the surviving injured children were taken. The train was travelling from Siwan in Bihar to Gorakhpur. An accident relief medical train from Gorakhpur, the home base of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has been sent to the crash site.

"I have been told the bus driver was driving with the headphones on and he did not listen when people tried to stop him at the unmanned level crossing". Gate 45 near Dudhi station falls in Railway's Varanasi division.

The students, whose age are below 10, were being driven to class in Uttar Pradesh state when a passenger train collided with their vehicle at an unmanned railway crossing.

Adityanath who rushed to the accident site for an on-the-spot assessment, was greeted with slogans like "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "Vande Mataram".

Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani said the Indian Railways was trying to eliminate unmanned crossings. "I have spoken to senior railway officials and ordered an inquiry into it", Goyal said in a tweet. The Chief Minister has also announced compensation of Rs. 2 lakh for the families of the children.

There are hundreds of unmanned railway crossings across the country that are prone to accidents. Miffed with the protesters, Adityanath climbed up on the bonnet of his vehicle and asked the crowd to stop their "nautanki".

The children, aged between five and 14, were on their way to school after the bus had picked them up from several villages. As on 9 April, 23 children and four adults also died when the school bus driver lost his control and fell into a 100-metre deep gorge at Malkwal area in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

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