As per the preliminary investigation, its was the school bus driver's mistake that led to the horrific bus-train collision in UP's Kushinagar, as a result of which 13 children have died and 5 are injured, said state chief minister Yogi Adiayanath, addressing media from the location of the tragedy.
Adityanath has stated the investigation's findings that the driver had his earphones plugged in while he was driving and that there was also an issue regarding his age.
The Uttar Pradesh CM said that four injured students, as well as the driver, have been admitted to the BRD Medical College and Hospital and promised that the state government would investigate and ensure that this kind of tragedy doesn't repeat.
"I've ordered the Gorakhpur commissioner to probe and file an FIR against whomever is found guilty."
He said that he has spoken to the Railways Minister as well as the parents of the children. An ex-gratia has been announced by both the state government as well as the Rail Ministry.
"Have appealed to Rail Minister to make unmanned railway crossings manned", Yogi Adityanath said, a short while before a massive crowd gathered around him as the people of Kushinagar protested against the UP government
A short while earlier, Chairman Railways Board Ashwani Lohani said that there was a 'rail mitra' at the crossing who tried to stop the driver but wasn't able to do so.
Lohani said that there were thousands of unmanned crossings and that it would take time to eliminate them. He assured that unmanned crossings would be eliminated by March 31, 2020.
However, Lohani also attempted to shift responsibility away from the Railways, saying that navigating unmanned railway crossings was the responsibility of road users.