13 children dead after train hits bus in India
NEW DELHI - Agence France-Presse
The impact of the crash lifted the bus several meters into the air, killing 10 children instantly, district chief medical officer Akhilesh Kumar Singh said. “Three succumbed to the injuries at the hospital and five remain critical,” he added.
Local television showed footage of dozens of locals attempting to rescue the children from the vehicle’s mangled wreckage.
India has some of the world’s deadliest roads, claiming the lives of more than 150,000 people each year.
Earlier this month, 23 children and four adults were killed when a driver lost control of a school bus, which plunged into a 100-metre deep gorge north of Delhi.
Nearly 15,000 people die on the country’s railways every year, according to a 2012 government report.
India has vowed to upgrade unattended railway crossings next year to reduce fatal accidents.