Kushinagar: At least thirteen school children were killed and eight others injured after a train hits a school bus in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar district, news agency PTI reported.
The children, students of Divine Public School, were killed on the spot when Thawe-Kapatanganj passenger train (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 children below the age of 10 years, the official said.
The train was on way to Gorakhpur from Siwan in Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his deepest condolences on the unfortunate incident and directed District Administration to provide all help and medical aid to the victims.
He also declared an ex-gratia of Rs 2 Lakh to the kin of the deceased and directed an inquiry into the cause of the accident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief over the death of 13 school children, adding that the UP government and the railway dept will take appropriate action in the matter.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of the deceased.
"I received the unfortunate news of the death of school children. I have asked senior officials to conduct a probe into the incident. Railways will give a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of the dead over and above the aid announced by the Uttar Pradesh government," he said in a tweet.
(With PTI inputs)...