Mau, India: Six school children in train-bus collision

5 Dec

Six four-year-old children were killed and nine others injured when a school bus was hit by a train on the Mahaso unmanned level crossing in Mau district, near Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The fatal collision occurred at about 08.00 on December 4th, 2014. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said that the accident leading to the death of the six children was “unfortunate” as he blamed the driver of the school bus for not stopping at the crossing to see if it was safe to cross, despite the poor visibility prevailing at the time of the accident.

Subsequently it has been identified that the North East Zonal Railway had been slow to act following a requirement to post Gate Counsellors at unmanned level crossings near schools consequent upon the July 2014 accident that claimed the lives of 25 students. This was communicated on August 11th and October 29th, 2014. Despite this, the Zonal Railway was still to appoint the Gate Counsellors who warn the users of unmanned level crossings of approaching trains at the time of the accident on December 4th, 2014 because it was still “evaluating the tender”.

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