NEW DELHI Aug 18 At least 18 people were killed
when a fast-moving train hit a three-wheeled vehicle in the
eastern Indian state of Bihar on Monday evening, state officials
Eight of the dead are children and six women, said Sudhir
Kumar Singh, a senior police officer of East Champaran district
where the accident took place.
Singh said the railway crossing gate was not closed as the
train was passing, leading to the collision with the vehicle
known as tempo in India.
The accident also injured two people, senior administrative
officer Abhay Kumar Singh told Reuters from the hospital were
the injured were admitted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent his condolences to the
families of those killed.
India's creaking railways are known for their poor safety
record, something Modi has vowed to fix. In May a passenger
train collided with a stationary goods train in India's most
populous state, killing at least 40 people and injuring more
(Reporting by Krishna N Das)