A tragic accident in Kunadapura town, Udupi district, claimed the lives of eight small children who were on their way to school in a Maruti Omni van on Tuesday morning.
The six children have been identified as Nikita, Clarissa, Celesta, Ancita, Alvita, Ananya, Royston, and Delvin. The deceased children include those studying in nursery and kindergarten.
The van, carrying 18 people including the driver and his wife, was headed towards the Don Bosco school from Hemmady via National Highway 66. A private bus rammed into the van from behind, following which the van struck an electric pole. The van is a mangled mess. When the collision occurred, it was raining heavily in the area.