At least 13 school children and one adult died Thursday when a school van was hit by a passenger train at a rail crossing in India, authorities said.
The van was carrying 18 children to the Divine Public School when it was hit by the train in Kushinagar. The crossing where the accident occurred was said to be unsupervised. Officials said the gate monitor had tried to stop the collision but failed.
Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh province, visited the scene and the hospital where the surviving injured children were taken.
“[The van driver] had earphones on, and there are questions regarding his age, as well,” Adityanath said. “There are rules in place. An inquiry will be conducted as to why they were not followed. Strict action will be taken.”