Police say 5 children killed and 8 hurt when train hits school van in northern India

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Police say five children were killed when a train crashed into their school van at an unmanned railroad crossing in northern India.

Police officer Devendra Singh said Thursday that at least eight other children were injured in the early morning crash at Mahaso crossing in Uttar Pradesh state.

The driver and conductor on the van were also injured in the collision.

Singh said visibility was poor at the time of the crash because of dense fog.

Accidents are common on India's railroad network, one of the world's largest with 23 million people riding daily on about 11,000 passenger trains.

There are hundreds of unmanned crossings across the country, especially in remote areas. Poor finances limit efforts by rail authorities to staff the crossings around the clock.