Indian school bus plunges into gorge, killing at least 30

Saul Bowman
April 12, 2018

An investigation has been launched after 27 people, a lot of them children, died when a school bus fell into a gorge in a mountainous region of India.

"My first priority was to save lives".

"We have identified all the children and parents have been informed about the disaster", said Ram Nath Singh, a police officer at the accident site.

The children are between 5 and 14 years of age, according to the Times of India.

"Prima facie, negligent driving and over-speeding are the main reasons for the accident", an official said. Transport Minister Govind Thakur and all the other members of the state Cabinet have condoled the death of school children. He said that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered.

"I am deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh".

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

A five-car accident not far from Mercedes-Benz Stadium left one person in critical condition in a collision that also involved a school bus.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his deep anguish over the tragedy.

Lives are frequently lost in India's remote, mountainous northern reaches, where narrow hairpin turns cut paths into the steep Himalayan foothills. The boy also alerted a shopkeeper about 150 m away on the Malakwal-Symbly link leading to Chamba.

Police said a Student Transportation of America School driver had just dropped the boy off at a designated student drop off location.

And thirty-two people died in late December when their bus swerved off a bridge into a riverbed in Rajasthan state. "The bus had been inspected by all the authorities and had met all norms", she said.

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