Gorakhpur: Thirteen school children were killed in Kushinagar, in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday after a train and school bus collided at an unmanned crossing. The children who died on spot were students of Divine Public School. Eight of the 18 students on board the bus were injured also in the accident.
The children were killed on the spot when the Thawe-Kapatanganj passenger train crashed into the van at the unmanned crossing gate at Behpurva, said Railways spokesman Ved Prakash.
Although 13 children were reported to be killed in the accident, ADG (Law and Order) speaking to the media earlier said, “Total 18 school students were travelling in the vehicle out of which 11 have died, many of the rest 7 are critically injured, the death toll may go up.”
The train was on way to Gorakhpur from Siwan. There were at least 25 passengers, including children who were below the age of 10, in the van, the official said.
“It was an unmanned level crossing gate at Behpurva, with Gate Mitra (rail volunteer) deployed there. He tried to stop the van but the unfortunate incident happened at unmanned gate 45 near Dudhi station in Banaras division,” the spokesperson said in New Delhi.
An accident relief medical train from Gorakhpur has been dispatched to the site, he said.
The Chief Minister, in a statement, expressed deepest condolences and directed the District Administration to provide all help and medical aid. He also declared ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs and also directed an inquiry into the cause of the accident.
He said the chief minister was rushing to the accident site for an on-the-spot assessment. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of the deceased.
कुशीनगर में हुए हादसे में स्कूली बच्चों की मृत्यु का दुःखद समाचार मिला, मैंने सीनियर अधिकारियों द्वारा हादसे की इन्क्वायरी के निर्देश दिए हैं, मृतको के परिवार जनों को रेलवे की ओर से दो लाख रुपये की सहायता दी जायेगी जो उप्र सरकार द्वारा दी जा रही दो लाख की राशि के अतिरिक्त होगी।
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 26, 2018
“I received the unfortunate news of the death of school children. I have asked senior officials to conduct a probe into the incident. Railways will give a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of the dead over and above the aid announced by the Uttar Pradesh government,” he said in a tweet.