The toll in the accident, in which a van carrying schoolchildren was hit by a passenger train near Khurhat railway station in Mau district, has gone up to six. The five injured children continued to be serious, but stable.
SP (Mau), A K Shukla said: “One of the six children, who were referred to BHU hospital in Varanasi succumbed to injuries late Thursday night.” The victim has been identified as Sahil (5), son of Vinod, a resident of Mahaso village.
Chief Medical Officer (Mau) Nand Lal Yadav said all the children referred to BHU were in ICU. “Their condition is serious, but stable. However, we have to keep our fingers crossed over the next two days. The doctors are facing problems because they are all young children and have sustained serious head injuries,” said Yadav. The body of Sahil, who succumbed Thursday evening, was being brought to Mahaso village. Gram pradhan Ramu Yadav said: “Almost all the children are from Mahaso village. The entire village is mourning.”
Kamlesh Yadav, whose two sons died and another was injured, was yet to arrive as he works in Mumbai.
Yadav said the van, which met with the accident, had been provided by Dharmdev Convent School itself but there was never any case of misbehaviour or rash driving by the driver. The driver, Suvinder, is in the private hospital.