Kushinagar (UP), April 26: In a very heartbreaking incident that has just come in from Uttar Pradesh,  at least 14 school students have died and around 7 are left critically injured as the vehicle in which they were travelling collided with a train at an unmanned crossing in Kushinagar, according to reports from ANI.

According to a report on ANI, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his deepest condolences on this very unfortunate incident and directed District Administration to provide all help & medical aid. He has even declared an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs and has ordered for an inquiry into the cause of the accident.

According to a Better India article highlights a shocking statistics, which says that India has more than 30,000 level-crossings at which vehicles can cross the railway tracks. Of these, more than 11,000 are unmanned crossings, and this is where most of the accidents occur. Therefore, the Indian Railways had collaborated with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), to warn road users through hooters once a train approaches an unmanned level crossing.

Earlier this month, more than 27 school children were reported dead after a bus ferrying them fall into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district. The accident was reported from Nurpur area in Kangra, where a private bus ferrying 40 school students skidded off the highway and plunged into a deep gorge. The children, enrolled in the Wazir Ram Singh Memorial School, were being dropped back home when the accident occurred.

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