GORAKHPUR: Another accident related to railway mismanagement took place in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar as a school bus was hit by a running train on Thursday morning.
13 students died on the spot while 8 suffered major injuries.
The incident took place at around 7.30 am at Bahpurva railway crossing under Vishnupura police station of Kushinagar district. Along with the students the van driver too died on the spot.
Uttar Pradesh’s CM Yogi Aditynath has ordered immediate assistance to the victims and their families. The Commissioner of Gorakhpur has been instructed to conduct a probe into the mishap.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh have tweeted their condolence over the death of the students.
CM Adityanath is likely to visit the accident place art around 11 am. While the commissioner of police Anil Kumar, SSP Kushinagar, and DM Kushinagar have reached the accident site immediately.
According to the locals, the van was speeding and suddenly stopped near the railway line when the accident occurred. The school bus was carrying children of Divine public School at Dudhi Bazar.
CPRO, NE Railway, Sanjay Yadav informed the media about the incident and said “ A Tata Magic school van carrying school children collided with passenger train (55075) coming from Sivan to Gorakhpur at an unmanned railway crossing number 45, around 7.30 am. The gate mitra tried to stop the van driver but he didn’t stop and his van somehow stopped at the track. The railway crossing comes under Banaras division where the accident took occurred in which 10-12 children died on the spot.”