23 children killed as school bus veers off road

Haji Mohamed 8 was killed after running in front of a school bus after he had been dropped off at his designated stop

A school bus plunged off a mountain road Monday into a deep gorge in the Himalayan foothills, killing 23 children, some as young as 4, Indian officials said. Modi tweeted from his official account, "I am deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh". All the deceased students were under 10 years of age and a lot of them belonged to Khawada village of Nurpur.

27 persons, including 24 school students, were killed when a private school bus fell into a 150 feet-deep gorge near Malkval in Nurpur, about 50 km from Dharmshala, on Monday afternoon, police said.

Eyewitnesses said the vehicle skidded as it turned a corner and left the mountainous road, India's ANI news agency reported.

"Extremely saddened to learn about the tragic school bus accident in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh". There were around 40 students in the ill-fated bus, 20 of them got injured.

At least a dozen other people were taken to hospital.

Sgt. Chuck Casey gives an official update from the scene of a traffic incident in North Omaha involving a school bus
Sgt. Chuck Casey gives an official update from the scene of a traffic incident in North Omaha involving a school bus

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

"Rescue operation underway with the help of locals". Meanwhile, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kishan Kapoor, along with MLA Rakesh Pathania and Deputy Commissioner Kangra Sandeep Kumar reached the spot to supervise rescue and relief operations.

The boy's family was with him at the hospital, Casey said.

One surviving boy, 10-year-old Ranveer Singh, told The Hindustan Times that he heard a loud bang and the bus started rolling down the side of the gorge.

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