Hyderabad: Twelve people, including 11 children, were killed and 16 others seriously injured after a train rammed into a school bus at an unmanned railway crossing at Chegunta in Telangana’s Medak district today.
“11 students and the bus driver were killed while 16 children were grievously injured in the accident at the unmanned railway crossing,” DIG N Suryanaarayana told PTI.
Telangana Home Minister Naini Narsimha Reddy expressed his condolences and said a thorough inquiry will be conducted.
“It is a sad incident. A thorough inquiry will be conducted and action will be taken against those responsible.”
Police said the bus carrying nearly 38 students was going to school, situated at Toopran, from Islampur village after picking children from different part of Yeldurthy mandal.
The school bus driver apparently did not notice the train at the unmanned level crossing at Masayipet village. The speeding train, after colliding with the bus, dragged it to some distance. The bodies of the students were scattered at the accident spot.
Enraged over the incident, hundreds of villagers staged a rasta roko and demanded action against the school management and blamed the railways for “negligence”.
The injured students were taken out from the wreckage of the bus and further rescue operations were underway, a police official said.