Horrific Train - Van Clash Kills 14 School Kids In UP

27 April, 2018, 12:07 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • People gather around the mangled school van after it collided with a moving train in Kushinagar Uttar Pradesh on Thursday morning

It is being reported that he tried to speed past the unmanned level crossing but the van somehow got stuck on the tracks. The children, all students of Divine Public School, were killed on the spot when the Thawe-Kapatanganj passenger train (55075) crashed into the van at the unmanned crossing gate at Behpurva at 6.50 am.

According to AFP, all of the children were under 10 years of age.

Sameer Kumar, an injured student, told reporters in Gorakhpur that driver Mohammad Niyaz had his earphones on. The passenger train that on its way to Ghorakpur rammed the school van has towed the van for nearly 100 meters before making a halt. "But he could not hear us", said Sameer, who has suffered injuries in his hands and legs.

The train had dragged the school van for around 6-7 metres before flinging it on the side of the tracks.

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Kushinagar accident: The train was on way to Gorakhpur from Siwan.

There were almost 25 people in the van.

The Railways is making efforts to reduce accidents at unmanned crossings.

In September 2017, minister Piyush Goyal had said all unmanned crossings would be removed "within a year".

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In Lucknow, Bahujan Samaj Party's Mayawati questioned why the government had not acted on the issue of unmanned railway crossings.

Shocked parents and relatives of the children rushed to the accident site and the hospital after hearing the news of the crash. As Adityanath reached the accident spot after visiting the district hospital, an angry crowd raised slogans against railway and local authorities. The van driver's condition is also said to be critical. He said he had come to express his sympathies. "The guilty will face the most severe punishment", he said.

Taking swift action following a major tragedy in Kushinagar wherein 13 school children, aged between 7 and 11, were killed in a bus-trail collision on Thursday morning, the Uttar Pradesh government has arrested the principal of the concerned school.

People gather around a school bus after it collided with a train in Uttar Pradesh, India on April 26, 2018, in this screen grab taken from video.

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