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13 children die as India school bus hits train

27 April, 2018, 01:23 | Author: Ted Wilson
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"The train driver tried to apply the brake but the speed of the train was such that a collision could not be averted".

According to the Railway Ministry, it was an unmanned level crossing with Gate Mitra deployed there. Adityanath told the crowd that he had spoken to the Railways minister Piyush Goyal about making unmanned railway crossings safe. "May the injured recover soon".

A senior government officer said the chief minister, taking cognisance of the divisional commissioner's report, ordered strict action against the officials concerned.

A railroad guard posted at the ungated crossing signalled for the van to stop but the driver ignored the signal and crashed into the train, rail official Sanjay Yadav said. CPRO, NE Railway, Sanjay Yadav said.

Officials said the accident occurred early Thursday as the van was transporting 22 students, all between the ages of five and 14, to a local school in Uttar Pradesh state. There were 22 children in the vehicle. A similar amount was announced as compensation to the deceased' families by the Indian Railways.

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President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives. India has vowed to upgrade unattended railway crossings next year to reduce fatal accidents.

Adityanath later told the media that prima facie the accident appeared to be the fault of the van driver, who apparently was listening to music on his earphones. An inquiry will be conducted as to why they were not followed.

"I am extremely saddened", he said.

"I am saddened by the news of school children dying in a train accident".

Twenty-seven people, including 23 children, died on April 9 when a school bus fell into a gorge in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

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