Indian school bus plunges into gorge, dozens of children dead

Saul Bowman
April 10, 2018

Last month, a truck carrying a wedding party drove off a bridge in western India killing 30 people, mostly women and children. The bus was transporting children, all below the age of 13, who were studying at a private school in Nurpur town, 60km (37 miles) south of Dharamsala.

The bus driver and two teachers were also killed in the accident on Monday evening.

At least 17 children were killed when a school bus plunged off a mountain road in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, police officers have said. "It was expected that more bodies would be recovered; those injured were sent to nearby hospitals", he said. "Just then the window near my seat broke and I and a girl sitting by my side fell out", he said.

Police have identified the elementary student struck and killed by a bus Monday.

Eyewitnesses said the driver, a 65-year-old army veteran, lost control on a sharp curve and the vehicle fell into the 200-feet deep gorge at Cheli village, some 300 km from the state capital Shimla. "Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families and with those injured".

Expressing grief over the accident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed solidarity with the parents of the dead students.

Food, Consumer affairs and Civil Supply Kishan Kapoor and Urban Development Minister Sarveen Chudhary visited the spot.

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jairam Thakur announced Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the deceased, ANI reported.

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