Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

13 kids killed in UP accident, CM visits spot

13 kids killed in UP accident, CM visits spot

Members of the Bar Council, Kushinagar, also complained about the "irresponsible attitude" of the district hospital staff. Indian Railways spokesperson Ved Prakash told IANS that the children died on the spot.

"Shocked to learn about the horrific accident". "Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families and with those injured".

"It was unmanned level crossing gate at Behpurva, with Gate Mitra deployed there".

"Basically, people have to be careful".

"We are working on it, but it will take time", he said.

The students, whose age are below 10, were being driven to class in Uttar Pradesh state when a passenger train collided with their vehicle at an unmanned railway crossing.

"I am deeply anguished and pained by the loss of lives of young school children. I have come here to express my sympathies", he said.

Kushinagar is just 50 km far from Gorakhpur, the home of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, he had to quit Lok Sabha from Kushinagar after he took oath as CM of Uttar Pradesh. The train was on way to Gorakhpur from Siwan.

The angry protesters even prevented the chief minister from visiting the accident site.

Gorakhpur Divisional Commissioner Anil Kumar has been asked to probe the incident. This is a case of pure negligence. "An inquiry from our side has been ordered". "The guilty will face the most severe punishment", he said.

The bus driver, who also died in the collision, had ignored a rail guard's stop signal and there are unconfirmed reports he had headphones on and was listening to music when the accident happened. Adityanath told the crowd that he had spoken to the Railways minister Piyush Goyal about making unmanned railway crossings safe.

Responding to the reports of chief minister reprimanding the victims' families, UP minister Shrikant Sharma said, "Chief Minister went to the spot and hospital". The incident took place at 7 AM when a school van carrying 25 students was passing a railway crossing in the town and stalled on the track suddenly.

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