Train hits school bus in Pakistan, 8 children die

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MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a train has hit a school bus at an ungated railroad crossing in Pakistan’s east, killing eight children and the bus driver.

Police official Mohammed Farooq says 12 children also were injured in Wednesday’s collision near the Punjab province town of Mian Channu. Some of the injured were in serious condition.

There were no known casualties on the passenger train.

Such accidents are common in Pakistan, which has an antiquated railway system. Railroad crossings often are poorly maintained, and are sometimes unmanned or lack gates in various parts of the country.