At least 17 children have been killed after a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Telangana a state in the Southern region of India Thursday morning. The bus driver, who was allegedly on the phone and failed to see the advancing train, was also killed.
40 children of a private school, mostly below the age of 11, were in the bus when the accident took place in the Medak district, 70 kilometres from the state capital of Hyderabad.
The police say 21 children have been injured in the accident and hospitalized.
The accident sparked anger among locals, who say they have been asking for gates to secure the railway crossing in the district.