All were aged below 10. The impact of the crash lifted the bus several meters into the air. The van driver, who ignored a guard’s signal to stop, also was killed. Local television showed footage of dozens of locals attempting to rescue the children from the vehicle’s mangled wreckage. Shocked parents and relatives of the children rushed to the accident site and the hospital after hearing the news of the crash. Thousands of angry residents are gathering at the accident site to protest the deaths of the children.
People protesting at the site of accident
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday ordered an inquiry into the Kushinagar train-school van accident and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased. “We stand committed to take all possible steps to avoid such accidents in future”, he added. The minister also said that the Railways will provide an ex gratia amount of Rs 1 lakh for those with serious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those simple injuries. Nearly 15,000 people die on the country’s railways every year, according to a government report. There are currently 3,479 unmanned level crossings on broad gauge of Indian Railways.