Himachal Pradesh: 30 killed as school bus falls into gorge

Himachal Pradesh: 30 killed as school bus falls into gorge

Himachal Pradesh: 30 killed as school bus falls into gorge

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. Rescue teams have reached the scene and recovery operations were under way.

Police said Haji Mohamed, 8, was struck by the school bus when he attempted to run across Sprague Street.

Among those killed was 16-year-old Shagun, who had taken a lift on the bus about one kilometre away from the accident site, two women teachers and the bus driver, Madan Lal, a 67-year-old ex-serviceman.

News reports said most of the children riding in the bus were in elementary school.

Onlookers rushed to search the mangled yellow bus upturned on the valley slope for survivors. Eleven others have reportedly been injured.

The state government announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for families of the victims.

India has the world's deadliest roads, with nearly 150,000 people killed in accidents in 2015, the latest government data shows. As the bus driver continued her route westbound on Sprague Street, between 22nd Street and 23rd Street, Mohamed entered the roadway. The bus, owned by the Ram Singh Memorial Public School, was carrying 40-45 people.

The incident occurred in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

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

India has the world's deadliest roads, with nearly 150,000 people killed in accidents in 2015.

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