Thirteen school students were killed on Thursday morning as a bus they were traveling in collided with a train at an unmanned crossing in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar.
While ANI had initially reported that 11 students had died, the latest reports say the death toll is at 13.
Reports suggest that seven students have been critically injured and the death toll could rise.
Reacting to the news, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the children who lost their lives in the accident. He also promised that the government will arrange for and take care of the expenses of those injured.
कुशीनगर जिले में हुए दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण ट्रेन दुर्घटना में स्कूली बच्चों की मृत्यु पर गहरा दुःख पंहुचा। ईश्वर से दिवंगत आत्मा की शांति एवं परिजनों को संबल देने की प्रार्थना करता हूँ। दुर्घटना से प्रभावित लोगों के समुचित इलाज की व्यवस्था कराने व हर सम्भव मदद करने के निर्देश दिए हैं।— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) April 26, 2018
NDTV reported that the incident took place at 7 am on Thursday morning when the school bus carrying about 25 students was crossing the railway tracks and the train hit the bus.
The 11 children died on the spot.
Railway minister Piyush Goyal also announced an ex-gratia for the family of the deceased children.
He said on Twitter that the incident will be probed soon.
कुशीनगर में हुए हादसे में स्कूली बच्चों की मृत्यु का दुःखद समाचार मिला, मैंने सीनियर अधिकारियों द्वारा हादसे की इन्क्वायरी के निर्देश दिए हैं, मृतको के परिवार जनों को रेलवे की ओर से दो लाख रुपये की सहायता दी जायेगी जो उप्र सरकार द्वारा दी जा रही दो लाख की राशि के अतिरिक्त होगी।— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 26, 2018
CM Adityanath also ordered an inquiry into the incident, saying those responsible will be nabbed.
13 students have died, 4 students & van driver are critically injured. they are admitted at BRD Medical College. Inquiry will be conducted to nab those responsible. I spoke to Railway Minister also about ways to man the unmanned railway crossings: UP CM on #Kushinagar accident pic.twitter.com/u9HJx1wVVE— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 26, 2018