Eleven people were killed after a train slammed into a truck at an unmanned railway crossing in northern India.

Police say nearly two dozen others were injured in Sunday’s accident.

Police official A. Padmaja says the truck was transporting Hindu pilgrims to participate in a religious festival in Uttar Pradesh.

The accident occurred in Gonda district, 95 miles (150 kilometers) southeast of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh India has one of the largest railroad networks in the world and carries more than 14 million passengers each day.

Meanwhile, railway has announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh each to kins of the 11 deceased in the accident, which occurred today, chief PRO of NER said at Gorakhpur.

He said that Rs one lakh each would be paid to seriously injured, while those with minor injuries will be paid Rs 10000 each.

The accident took place, when a truck rammed into Ayodhaya bound Mela Special Passenger train at 1322 hours leaving 11 persons dead, and 20 injured, chief PRO said.

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