Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he was deeply “pained” by the incident in which 13 children were killed and eight others injured when a train rammed into their school van at an unmanned railway crossing in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district.

The Prime Minister expressed his anguish while interacting with the BJP leaders, including the party’s candidates, elected members and office-bearers in poll-bound Karnataka, through his mobile application.

PM Modi said he was “deeply pained” over the incident and added the Uttar Pradesh government and the Railways would take necessary action.

“As I was coming to you, I got the sad news from Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar about the train ramming into a school bus in which children were travelling (and that) many children have been killed. “It’s a very sad news that I got as I came here,” he said.

“The Uttar Pradesh government will take necessary action, the Railway department will take necessary action,” the Prime Minister added.

At least 13 school children were killed and eight others injured as a school bus they were travelling in was hit by a train in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district. The driver of the bus, too, was reportedly killed.

Kushinagar is about 50 km from Gorakhpur.

The incident took place at an unmanned railway crossing. The children died on the spot. According to reports, they were students of Divine Public School.

“The Thawe-Kapatanganj passenger train crashed into the van at the unmanned crossing gate at Behpurva,” said Railways spokesman Ved Prakash.

He added that the bus was carrying at least 25 passengers, including children who below the age of 10.