India Bus Plunges Into Gorge, Kills 23 Students

Himachal Pradesh bus accident

Himachal Pradesh bus accident

"We will now investigate the reasons for the accident", he said.

In addition to the 23 school children killed, two female teachers, the bus driver, and an unnamed woman who had hitched a ride on the bus, also perished in the worst bus crash in the region in years.

At least 30 people, including 27 children, were killed Monday in northern India when a school bus plunged into a deep ravine in the Himalayan foothills, police said.

The bus is run by Student Transport of America, " he said. Two of them were in a critical condition.

At least a dozen other people were taken to hospital.

"After several students disembarked the bus, the bus driver continued her route westbound on Sprague Street", the report states.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind soon tweeted his condolences, "Extremely saddened to learn about the tragic school bus accident in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones".

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced an immediate relief of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased. Food and Supplies minister Krishan Kapoor was among the senior state functionaries at the accident site to supervise rescue operations. The bodies were rescued with the help of local people. However, accidents like this one are quite common in India due to the bad condition of infrastructure and inadequate safety measures.

The crash occurred Monday about 300 miles north of New Delhi when initial reports indicated the driver was speeding on a mountainous road and lost control.

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