Lucknow: Thirteen people were killed late Thursday when a passenger train hit a Bolero SUV at an unmanned level crossing in Uttar Pradesh, an official said Friday.

Three people were critically injured in the accident that took place at Horilapur village of the Maharajganj district.

The Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), full of passengers returning from a marriage, was crossing an unmanned railway level crossing at Narkatiya when the passenger train hit the vehicle, smashing it into pieces.

Thirteen people were killed on the spot and their bodies were pulled out with great difficulty from the mangled steel remains, an official told IANS.

The three seriously injured have been admitted to a hospital.

The rail route was disrupted for several hours after the accident and normal traffic was restored early Friday.

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