Indian police said that eight children were killed when their school van was hit by a passenger train at an unmanned crossing in northern India.
Satyendra Yadav, Area Police Chief, said that the accident took place on Monday in Uttar Pradesh state’s Bhadohi district.
“Eight children between ages of six to 14 died while the driver and 10 more were hospitalised with injuries.
“Such was the impact of the collision that the van was thrown up in the air and landed in farms nearby,” he said.
Yadav said police preliminary investigation showed that the accident occurred as the driver tried to cross the track in spite the warnings of the train passing through.
Report says India has a number of unmanned rail crossings, and such accidents are common. (dpa/NAN)