Kushinagar accident Live Updates: In an unfortunate incident, 13 school students were killed and 8 others injured after the vehicle they were travelling collided with a passenger train at an unmanned crossing in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar. The incident took place this morning. It has been learnt that the driver could not hear the sound of the passanger as he had ear phones plugged in while driving the vehicle, according to TV reports.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed condolences. “I am extremely saddened on hearing about the death of 11 school students in a collision between a school van and a train in Uttar Pradesh’s #Kushinagar . UP government and railway dept will take appropriate action.” 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.
It has been learnt that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed deepest condolences on this very unfortunate incident. The Chief Minister is reaching the spot, according to reports. He has declared an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs. CM Adityanath has directed District Administration to provide all help and medical aid. He also ordered a probe into cause of accident. The vehicle was carrying at least 25 people, including 20 school children. The students belonged to Divine Public School and aged around 10 years.
Thawe-Kapatanganj passenger train (55075) , which was on its way to Gorakhpur from Siwan, hit the vehicle an unmanned crossing gate at Behpurva, Railways spokesperson Ved Prakash was quoted as saying. The spokesperson said that it was unmanned level crossing gate at Behpurva, with Gate Mitra deployed there. He tried to stop but unfortunate incident happened at unmanned gate 45 near Dudhi station in Banaras division, the spokesperson said An accident relief medical train from Gorakhpur has been dispatched to the site, he said.