At least 13 children were killed after their school bus hit a train in Uttar Pradesh State, India.
The collision occurred when the bus drove through an unmanned level crossing at around 7.30 am local time, reported the Times of India . The driver of the delivery van was also killed and at least eight other children were injured.
According to AFP, all children were under 10 years old. The district medical officer, Akhilesh Kumar Singh, told the agency that 10 children died when the school bus was thrown a few yards into the air by the impact of the train heading for the city of Gorakhpur near the Nepalese border. "Three succumbed to injuries in the hospital and five remain critical," he added.
Railroad official Sanjay Yadav told the Times of India that the driver of the van ignored a railway employee who ordered him to stop. The vehicle "somehow stopped at the track," added Yadav. [1
Piyush Goyal India's Minister of Railways and Coal Tweeted: "I have ordered a high-level investigation into the incident "We are determined to take all possible steps to prevent such accidents in the future."
The provincial government said that the families of the victims will be compensated, the BBC reported. Thousands of residents have settled on the grounds to protest the deaths. Uttar Pradesh's Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath traveled to the area to speak to protesters and meet senior community officials.
The tragic accident comes weeks after 27 people, mostly children, died when a school bus crashed into a ravine in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Eyewitnesses reported that the vehicle had slipped when cornering and left the mountainous road.
Both road and rail accidents are widespread in India. Although the number of deaths on Indian roads fell by 3 percent in 2017, more than 146,300 people have lost their lives. The deadliest state was Uttar Pradesh, in which over 20,000 people were killed.
The government has declared its ambition to halve the number of deaths in the coming years. Each year, around 3 million new vehicles hit the road, and many drivers are not safe due to the country's poor driver education system. 
Indian heads of state have committed $ 100 billion to develop the country's road network to create more space and hopefully more accidents to reduce. Over the next five years, more than 50,000 miles of new routes are to be built.
According to a government report from 2012, around 15,000 people die each year from the Indian railways. Most deaths occur at level crossings, which are often unmanned and unregulated. The "annual massacre" was attributed to lax security standards, poor management and underinvestment in the country's mammoth network, the world's fourth largest.