Muzaffarpur: Nine school children were killed and 20 injured when they were run over by a speeding vehicle in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Saturday afternoon, police said.
According to district police officials, the incident took place near a school under Minapur block, in Muzaffarpur district, around 43 miles (70 kilometres) from the state capital Patna.
Muzaffarpur Senior Superintendent of Police Vivek Kumar said the speeding vehicle mowed down the children when they were crossing the road.
All the injured children were admitted to a hospital in Muzaffarpur.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed sorrow and grief over the incident.
The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of each victim.
“Eyewitnesses have told us that the driver didn’t stop even after running over these middle-school children,” Anil Kumar Singh, deputy inspector general of Bihar police told reporters.
“His car overturned after the accident and he ran away from the spot. We are still looking for him,” he said.
The 20 injured children have been admitted to hospital, he added.