1At least eight children were killed and nine injured in a head on collision between a Maruti Omni, transporting school children and a private bus at Kundapur, about 90 kms from here, on Tuesday.

The incident occured at Mohadi Cross, Trasi, Kundapur, Gangolli Police Station limits. There were 19 occupants in the van, including driver Martin and teacher Philomena and 17 students of Don Bosco School from primary to Std VI.

The private bus was on its way from Byndoor to Kundapur and the Maruti Omni van was plying in the opposite direction.

Police said two children died on the spot, while six succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital. Six students are being administered treatment at Chinmay Hospital, Kundapura and others have been rushed to Kasturba Medical College Hosital, Manipal. The condition of two students is said to be critical.

Students were brought to KMC in five ambulances. DySP Kumaraswamy other officials have visited KMC Hospital.