India: School bus and train crash kills 18 children
Distraught parents have reached the site of the crash - AP

NEW DELHI: At least 18 children were killed along with their driver when a school bus was hit by a train in the Indian state of Telangana, police said.

The passenger train rammed into the school bus, dragging it several hundred metres down the track, BBC reported on Thursday.

Nineteen other students who were travelling on the bus were injured. No one on the train was hurt.

The accident happened at an unmanned level crossing near Masaipet village in Medak district.

There are nearly 15,000 unmanned crossings on Indian railways and correspondents say hundreds of people are killed on these crossings every year.

After Thursday’s crash, local villagers rushed to help rescue some of the children who were trapped in the vehicle before the emergency services reached the scene.

An investigation has been ordered into the accident.

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