Twenty-seven children die in India when school bus plunges into gorge

Himachal Pradesh 20 School Children Dead as Bus Falls Into Gorge in Kangra

The adults killed included the bus driver, two teachers and another woman, officials said.

In early 2017, at least 15 children were killed and 45 others injured after their school bus collided with a truck in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Most of those killed were primary school children aged under 10.

The ill-fated school bus was carrying about 40 students and staff members the school 1530 hrs and met with accident after one hours on the Nurpur-Chamba border at Mulkval. He further informed that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is also deployed at the incident site and the rescue operation is underway.

"It is not clear why the bus crashed", Mr. Saxena said. The bus was not visible from the road as it was inside the 100-feet-deep gorge.

Numerous victims belong to the class 5th and below of Wazir Ram Pathania Memorial Public School.

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The driver, according to eyewitnesses, was trying to give way to a biker when he accidently drove the bus towards the slippery side of the road. "My prayers and solidarity are with those who lost their near and dear ones".

"Prima facie, negligent driving and over-speeding are the main reasons for the accident", he added.

The chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur, expressed his condolences to the families of the students and assured them of a thorough investigation into the incident.

Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu and prime minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives. Local villagers had reportedly begun rescue operation even before officials could reach the spot.

India has some of the world's deadliest roads, claiming the lives of more than 150,000 people each year.

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