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Posted on Sep 26, 07:37PM | IBNS
Several people were killed when a bus collided with a speeding train at an unmanned railway crossing in Bihar's Siwan district on Wednesday.
The police said at least nine people were killed in the accident, while the Railway Ministry put the toll at seven.
"Seven students were killed and 30 were injured when the bus in which they were travelling hit the train number 13019 (Howrah-Kathgodam Express) which was passing through a manned gate between Pachrukhi - Siwan section in Bihar at around 3.00 p.m. today," said the ministry in a release.
According to the police, the students of DAV engineering college were travelling in the bus.
Railway Minister C. P. Joshi expressed his 'profound grief'' over the loss of 'innocent lives' and termed it as 'most unfortunate' and 'tragic'.
He announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the next kin of the dead, Rs. 1 lakh each to grievously injured passengers and Rs. 25,000 to those who sustained simple injuries.
Minister of State for Railways K. H. Muniyappa, Member Traffic K. K. Srivastava and senior officials from North-Eastern Railway immediately rushed to the accident site.
"The Railway Minister has given instructions to Railway officials for the speedy relief and rescue operation and for undertaking effective medical treatment to the injured passengers. Railways will bear all the cost of medical treatment of the injured," said the ministry.
The engine of the train reportedly got derailed due to the collision.
The injured people were taken to the Sadar hospital.
Locals torched two bogies of the train after the mishap, reports said.
Fire engines rushed to the spot to douse the fire.