Nine people, including eight children, were killed and eleven injured in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh today when the school bus they were travelling in was hit by a train while crossing an unmanned railway track.
Seven children died on the spot as a train coming from Varanasi city ran into the bus at a railway crossing in Bhadohi city.
The injured were immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where another child died.
"Seven school children died on the spot and their post mortem is going on. We have since then received information of one more child's death and we will be doing a post mortem. The state chief minister has announced compensation of Rupees 2 lakh (about USD 2974) from the chief minister relief fund for the kin of the deceased," said a railway official earlier.
According to the ministry of railways, India had 11,563 unmanned level crossings as of December 2014.
Though the government has progressively worked to eliminate all level crossings, a high number of accidents still continue to be reported at such points.
A flood of untrained drivers, inadequate law enforcement, badly maintained highways and cars that fail modern crash tests add to the dismal scenario.