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18 killed in train-bus crash in southern India

APTOPIX India Deadly Crash

HYDERABAD, India (AP) - Eighteen children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said.

The bus driver also died while another 20 children ages 7 to 14 were injured and hospitalized, 15 of them in critical condition, said Telangana state education minister G. Jagdishwar Reddy.

They were on their way to school Thursday morning when the train hit the bus, dragging it several hundred feet (about 100 meters) along the tracks, according to the Hindustan Times newspaper.

Hundreds of angry villagers rushed to the scene in Medak district, 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana state. Some of them hurled stones at police as shocked parents grieved their loss.

A father who lost both of his children suffered a heart attack and died after hearing the news of the collision, said state Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao.

Accidents are common on India's railroad network, one of the world's largest with 23 million people riding daily on about 11,000 passenger trains. Most accidents are blamed on poor maintenance and human error.

There are hundreds of unmanned crossings across the country, especially in remote areas. Poor finances limit efforts by rail authorities to staff the dangerous crossings around the clock.

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PERFORATOR July 24 2014 at 5:56 AM

Oh Boy, here we go! We have 60K underage border jumpers that only liberals sympathize with, so the liberal main scream media is going to blast us with every story of every dead kid they can find, compleat with pics of screaming mothers.

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bubblesbjm July 24 2014 at 9:08 AM

I've never been to India, but I am curious on why "unmanned" train crossing is blamed. I grew up with "unmanned" train crossings. I lived right next to one. We were taught to stop, look and listen before ever crossing tracks or a road!

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Denver333 bubblesbjm July 24 2014 at 2:22 PM

concur...lots of unmanned crossings here...we have laws about traffic and RR crossings...evidently, the bus driver was not following them...

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Eric July 24 2014 at 5:44 AM

Given the level of traffic control in India I'm surprised this isn't a daily occurance.

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Kurtcobainskyblueyes July 24 2014 at 4:45 AM

So very sad. Those poor babies.

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GUNSLINGER July 24 2014 at 8:54 AM

School bus driving "INDIAN STYLE"!!!

"REMEMBER OUR BORDER INVASION"

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musky1616 July 24 2014 at 6:41 AM

India is a country that will never get itself out of the gutter.

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cmcclarty musky1616 July 24 2014 at 10:45 AM

The problem in part is they pump them out like rabbits.

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jai.hye July 24 2014 at 9:29 AM

So much sadness, heartache, struggle and destruction all around the globe all day every day....such difficult times we are in.

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Denver333 jai.hye July 24 2014 at 2:26 PM

Seriously? Major lack of historical insight here...try the great flu epidemic, 1919, US. Or, try 1300-1400's, Europe, plagues and deep freezes. This is a piece of cake, babe.

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joethightwad July 24 2014 at 8:38 AM

Despite its great efforts to modernize along with marked economic success, India is still a largely underdeveloped country. A century ago, after the railroads came to and through Chicago, most grade crossings were unguarded and without gates. Several wagons were hit and pedestrians killed every day. Spectacular train crashes still occur here today, notwithstanding our much advanced technology and usually for the same reason as this Indian tragedy, human error, carelessness or stupidity

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TruthBeKnown July 24 2014 at 7:16 AM

OMG, That is Hideous ~! What a hell
of a life these people have. If I had to
live in this filth and poverty, I think I
would just end it.... They do not have a
chance at a decent life.
And floods n earthquakes.
(footnote) That woman has beautiful teeth... no sweets, huh ?

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jolee9010 July 24 2014 at 11:28 AM

This is a surprise? In India? A Country that has no stop signs at dangerous intersections where driving a motorized vehicle is like bumper cars? Perhaps the bus driver thought he had the right of way. Seldom do they look left or right at intersections, they just barrel through. I don't think they have any rules about driving at all. If they do, it's ignored. and what's really scary, they have nukes.

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