The Kushinagar school bus-train collision killed 11 students of Divine Public School. Injured students were shifted to nearby hospital for treatment. Catch latest updates on Kushinagar bus accident
An early-morning accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar on Thursday saw at least 11 school students being killed as the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a passenger train at an unmanned crossing. All the victims were students of the town’s Divine Public School. The surviving students who suffered injuries were immediately shifted to the nearby hospital for further treatment.
A total of 18 school students were travelling in the vehicle involved in the. Anand Kumar, ADG (Law and Order), told news agencies that many of the other seven were critically injured, adding that the death toll could go up. Previous reports had said that a total of 20 students were travelling in the vehicle.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his deepest condolences over this “very unfortunate incident” in a statement on the Kushinagar accident, according to news agencies. The chief minister directed the district administration to provide all the help and medical aid required by those affected.
Further, the statement said, Adityanath declared an ex-gratia of Rs 200,000 (Rs 2 lakh) to the next of kin of the victims and directed an inquiry into the cause of the accident.