13 Children Killed After Speeding Train Hits School Bus In UP 's Kushinagar, Mistake Of Bus Driver Suspected

| April 26 , 2018 , 12:07 IST

At least 13 children have been killed and 5 others injured on Thursday morning after a speeding train crashed into a school bus at an unmanned crossing in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, around 50 km from Gorakhpur.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrived at the location and confirmed that 13 students have died and 4 students and the school bus driver are critically injured. 

"13 students have died, 4 students & van driver are critically injured. they are admitted at BRD Medical College. Inquiry will be conducted to nab those responsible. I spoke to Railway Minister also about ways to man the unmanned railway crossings," said the UP CM. 

"Spoke to Railway minister. Prima facie appears to be mistake of van driver, he had earphones on and there are questions over his age too. There are rules in place, inquiry will be conducted as to why they were not followed. Strict action will be taken," Yogi added. 

The accident took place when a school bus of the Divine Public School with 18 students aboard was passing through an unmanned crossing gate at Behpurva in Kushinagar and collided with a speeding train, resulting in the death of 11 children on the spot. Most of the children were below the age of 10 years.

"It was unmanned level crossing gate at Behpurva, with Gate Mitra deployed there. He tried to stop but the unfortunate incident happened at unmanned gate 45 near Dudhi station in Banaras division," an official said to media.

The Thawe-Kapatanganj passenger train (55075) had been on its way to Gorakhpur from Siwan when it crashed into the school bus at the unmanned crossing gate, Railways spokesperson Ved Prakash said.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed condolences on the accident and instructed top officials of Gorakhpur to conduct an inquiry into the accident.

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.