27 children die in India when school bus plunges into gorge

Katrina Barker
April 10, 2018

Last month, a truck carrying a wedding party drove off a bridge in western India killing 30 people, mostly women and children.

According to a report from OPD received Monday night, "the investigation revealed that a Student Transportation of America school bus had come to a stop along Sprague Street just east of 22nd Street at a designated student drop off location".

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. The bus driver and two teachers were also among the dead.

The 42-seater bus was on its way to drop students to their homes when it plunged off the mountain road and into the gorge. The condition of at least three of the injured children, hospitalised at Pathankot in Punjab, are said to be serious. "I can't leave her body here like this", said her grieving father, Gulshan Thakur, who owns a shop in Khanorha village. The rescue operation is being conducted. "Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families and with those injured", said Kovind in a statement posted on Twitter.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office tweeted that Mr Modi was "anguished" over the news of the deaths.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the food and civil supplies minister had been sent to the spot.

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

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