April 26, 2018-Thirteen children have died after their school bus collided with a train in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, reported BBC.
The train involved in the incident when it was on its way from Sivan to Gorakhpur.
Reports suggested that nearly 25 people were on board especially kids below the age of 10.
Media reports quoted an eye-witness, who was riding his bike near the track when the accident took place. It has been revealed that the driver was carrying earphones while driving and he never heard the train's horn. "As per the rules for an unmanned crossing, the driver of the vehicle should have stopped and looked before crossing the railway line", said Yadav.
"Its" a very sad news that I got as I came here", he said. Two children died at a hospital during treatment later. "Administrative inquiry has been ordered into the accident", id said. "Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families and with those injured".
The Minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the victims, Rs 1 lakh to those critically injured and Rs 50,000 to those with minor injuries. "The accident is very unfortunate but what's worse is that attempts were made to block CM's path when he went there and slogans were raised by SP-BSP", S Sharma who is a minister in the UP government said.
"It was unmanned level crossing gate at Behpurva, with Gate Mitra deployed there".
The UP chief minister was in Khushinagar to take stock of the situation after the train-school van collision that left 13 children dead.
The children, all between 5 and 14 years of age, were on their way to school after the van had picked them up from several villages, he said.
An accident relief medical train from Gorakhpur was dispatched to the site, the NE official said.
The Chief Minister also ordered to register an FIR against the principal of the school.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives.
"I spoke to the Railways minister on ways to man the unmanned railway crossing".