Train rams school bus in Telangana; 20 dead

NEW DELHI Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:23pm IST

1 of 2. Relatives wail as people crowd at the site of a collision between a train and a school bus in Medak district in Telangana July 24, 2014.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A train slammed into a school bus in southern India on Thursday, killing at least 19 children and the driver, police said.

The bus crossed a railway track at an unmanned crossing in Telangana without stopping to check if the way was clear, said Indian Railways spokesman Anil Kumar Saxena.

Police said the bus was carrying 32 children, 12 of whom died on the spot. Seven more died in a nearby hospital, where others are in critical condition.

"Doctors say blood is flowing from their bodies," said a police official who declined to be identified, as he was not authorised to speak to the media. He put the tally of deaths at 20, including the bus driver.

Road and rail accidents are common in India, where rickety infrastructure and weak law enforcement struggle to cope with a surge in traffic and floods of unlicensed drivers.

More than 230,000 people were killed on Indian roads in 2010.

(Reporting by Sruthi Gottipati; Editing by Malini Menon and Clarence Fernandez)

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