Hyderabad, Jul 24 (PTI): Thirteen people, including 12 school children, were killed and 15 other children seriously injured when a train rammed into their bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Masayipet village of Telangana's Medak district on Thursday.
The 15 students who sustained serious injuries in the accident were rushed to various hospitals in Hyderabad.
Police said the toll could rise as some of the children were critically injured.
According to Inspector General Kripanand Tripathi Ujela of the Telangana Government Railway Police (GRP), 12 boys and the school bus driver were killed on the spot after their bus was hit by the passenger train.
”The injured students have been rushed to different hospitals in Hyderabad,” the IG told PTI.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao reviewed the situation with Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma and DGP Anurag Sharma. He ordered the officials to take necessary steps to extend all medical assistance to the injured.
Telangana Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao and Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy visited a hospital where the injured were admitted and also rushed to the accident spot.
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,” he said.
South Central Railway officials said the accident occurred at an unmanned railway level crossing between Masayipet and Wadiaram railway stations on Secunderabad- Nizamabad section of Hyderabad division at 9.10 am.
The private school bus came on to the railway track and was hit by Nanded-Secunderabad Passenger train, which was passing through.
”On receipt of the information, a medical relief van was immediately rushed to the spot from Nizamabad and Secunderabad and senior railway officials, including medical team from Secunderabad, were rushed to the accident spot, so as to undertake immediate relief and rescue measures. The injured have been shifted to the nearby hospitals through ambulances,” a SCR official said.
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.