Eight children and six women were among those killed in the accident. Two people were also injured, police said. The Dehradun-bound Muzaffarpur-Rapti-Ganga Express hit the overcrowded vehicle at the manned Samera railway crossing in East Champaran district on Monday afternoon.

Divisional Railway Manager (Samastipur) Arun Malik suspended the gateman and assistant station master of Samera railway station and another official for negligence of duty. ‘We have taken action against three railway officials, who were found responsible for the accident after the preliminary inquiry into it,’ Malik said.

He reiterated that the accident was the result of negligence on the part of the gateman.

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