Four girl students die, 19 injured as train rams school bus near Beas
Four girl students were killed and 19 others injured after a train rammed a school bus at an unmanned crossing at Kot Mehtaab village near Beas, 45 km from Amritsar, today morning. The deceased were identified as two sisters Sehajpreet Kaur (13) and Manpreet Kaur (16), Palakpreet Kaur (9) and Komalpreet Kaur (12).chandigarh Updated: Jul 30, 2012 20:28 IST
Four girl students were killed and 19 others injured after a train rammed a school bus at an unmanned crossing at Kot Mehtaab village near Beas, 45 km from Amritsar, on Monday morning. The deceased were identified as two sisters Sehajpreet Kaur (13) and Manpreet Kaur (16), Palakpreet Kaur (9) and Komalpreet Kaur (12).
The bus was ferrying 23 students of Baba Majha Singh Karamjot senior secondary school from Kot Mehtab to Bhalojla, when the train going from Beas to Goindwal Sahib hit it.
The injured students and area residents claimed that the mishap occurred due to the negligence of bus driver Milkha Singh, since did not heed the requests of youngsters to slow down due to approaching train.
The impact of the collision was so severe that the bus was badly crushed. It was after hearing the sound of the impact that area villagers rushed to the spot along with train passengers to rescue injured students.
The injured were rushed to Beas hospital whereas three critically injured youngsters were admitted in Amritsar's civil hospital.
"Me and another villager heard a loud sound of impact and rushed to the site. The scene was shocking and the bleeding kids were in real pain. It was very tough to get them out of the bus as it was badly damaged," said an eyewitness Jagdish Kumar.
The injured students told that the bus driver did not stop even when they warned him of the train, he added.
Meanwhile, a pall of gloom descended on Bhulle Nangal village from where all the deceased students hailed.
Area residents complained that authorities too had failed to do away with unmanned rail crossings, leading to today's tragedy.
Holding additional charge of Amritsar, Jalandhar deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti visited the Beas Hospital. "It is a very unfortunate incident and preliminary probe has indicated that it took place due to negligence of the school bus driver. The driver will face legal action," he said.
"A compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the kin of each deceased has been announced by the state government and also free treatment to the injured kids will be ensured."
Railway police have registered a case under Sections 279, 427, 337, 338 and 304 of the IPC against bus driver Milkha Singh. Milkha, who was also injured, was under treatment at a hospital.