A preliminary probe into the Kushinagar accident shows that it was the van driver who was at fault. The accident which claimed the lives of 13 children in Uttar Pradesh occurred after the van they were riding in collided with a train at an unmanned railway crossing on Thursday.
A witness has said that the train repeatedly honked, but the van driver was unable to hear it as he was wearing headphones. The children who survived the accident also said that despite them shouting the van driver was unable to hear them as he was wearing headphones and speaking on the phone.
Due to the collision, the van was thrown at least 100 metres from the track. The train driver did his best to avoid the accident. He repeatedly honked and even applied the brakes, but the speed of the train was such that he could not avoid the collision.
Stop the 'nautanki'
Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh who visited the site lost his cool when he found people were indulging in sloganeering. As he arrived at the spot, people started shouting, 'Bharat Mata ki Jai and Vande Mataram."
Yogi lost his cool and climbed on top of the bonnet of his vehicle and shouted, " stop the nautanki." This is a sad incident and hence I am requesting you to stop shouting slogans. Let us go through and inspect the site, he also said.