Monday, 22 October, 2018

Indian school bus plunges into gorge, dozens of children dead

Kangra Bus Tragedy No Cultural Programme in Himachal Pradesh Government Functions for 10 Days 20 children dead after bus falls into gorge in Himachal Pradesh
Faye Gross | 10 April, 2018, 19:44

A convoy of cars and bicycles made up of passers-by rushed to bring injured students to a nearby hospital before ambulances arrived at the scene near the town of Nurpur.

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

"My first priority was to save lives".

Most of the children riding in the bus were believed to be in elementary school.

A speeding school bus plunged off a mountainside in northern India on Monday, killing 23 children and four adults, an official said.

No other injuries were reported at the scene, he said.

The state government announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for families of the victims. More than 207,550 people were murdered in road accidents in 2013, according to United Nation data.

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India has some of the world's deadliest roads.

"I had never thought that they would never return", father Naresh Kumar said of his son Naitik and daughter Shrutika, who both died.

Nine children were killed in February when a vehicle crashed into them outside their school in an apparent hit-and-run.

The bus belonging to the Wazir Ram Singh Pathania private school had left the campus at around 3 pm.

The bus fell around 100 meters off a cliff in the state of Himachal Pradesh on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was anguished by the loss of lives in the latest incident.

"My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones in the accident", he is quoted as saying in the tweet.

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