At least 17 killed as school bus plunges off Indian mountain road

Randolph Lopez
April 10, 2018

The bus, which belonged to a private school, was carrying about 34 children, officials said.

Most of the passengers were below the age of 10, police said.

"The bus rolled into a 200 feet (60 metre) deep gorge, killing 27 schoolchildren, two teachers and the driver", a senior local police official, Santosh Patial, told AFP from the scene. "We will now investigate the reasons for the accident", he said.

Lives are frequently lost in India's remote, mountainous northern reaches, where narrow hairpin turns cut paths into the steep Himalayan foothills.

The tragedy occurred on Monday when the bus swerved off the road and fell into a gorge.

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Earlier, SDM Nurpur Abid Hussain said 20 bodies had been recovered with the help of local volunteers and police. "Just then the window near my seat broke and I and a girl sitting by my side fell out", he said.

The rescue operation was nearly over, said an official.

"After several students disembarked the bus, the bus driver continued her route westbound on Sprague Street", the report states. "Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families and with those injured", said Kovind in a statement posted on Twitter.

The Indian prime minister Narendra Modi expressed his deep anguish over the tragedy.

Food, Consumer affairs and Civil Supply Kishan Kapoor and Urban Development Minister Sarveen Chudhary visited the spot. The Chief Minister also directed hospital authorities to provide the injured best medical treatment, while assuring that the state government would provide all possible assistance to the family members of deceased children.

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