At least 13 children were killed today and eight others injured when their school van was hit by a train at an unmanned railway crossing in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district, an official said.
The children, students of Divine Public School, were killed on the spot when Thawe-Kapatanganj passenger train number 55075 crashed into the van at an unmanned crossing gate at Behpurva, said Ved Prakash, spokesperson for Railways.
There were at least 25 people, including children in the van, most of whom were below the age of 10 years, the official said.
The train was on way to Gorakhpur from Siwan.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the deceased’s family and ordered an inquiry by the Gorakhpur commissioner.
“It was (an) unmanned level crossing gate at Behpurva, with Gate Mitra deployed there. He tried to stop but 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. Chief Minister Adityanath has rushed to Kushinagar for on-the-spot assessment of accident site.