School bus involved in traffic incident

School bus involved in traffic incident

At least twenty-three children and four adults were killed after a school bus fell into a gorge near Nurpur in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh on Monday evening.

"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", Modi tweeted. All the deceased students were under 10 years of age and a lot of them belonged to Khawada village of Nurpur.

A school bus plunged about 25 feet into a gorge in northern India on Monday, killing dozens of students and adults, local emergency officials said.

Local BJP MLA, Rakesh Pathania, who was on the spot, said 27 bodies were recovered while two more had been spotted.

The injured were rushed to the Nurpur civil hospital from where eight critically injured were shifted to a Pathankot hospital. There were around 40 students in the ill-fated bus, 20 of them got injured.

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Some children are still trapped inside the mangled bus, news agency IANS reported.

The driver was speeding and lost control at the edge of the gorge, police officer Sunil Kumar said, adding that the rescue operation would continue into the night.

The State said families of the deceased each will receive 5 lakh Indian rupees ($7,700 US).

Just nine years old and returning home from his first day in school after a break, Ranbir Singh crawled back on the road and informed a man passing by on a motorcycle about the accident.

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