30 dead, mostly children, as India school bus plunges off cliff

30 dead, mostly children, as India school bus plunges off cliff

Ranveer Singh, 10, was thrown through a window, he told the Hindustan Times.

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.

M - At least 30 people, majority children, have died after a school bus fell into a gorge in a mountainous region of India, BBCreported citing officials.

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School bus driver, 67-year-old Madan Lal, and two women teachers also died in the accident, according to Kangra S.P. Santosh Patial. 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.

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

The tragedy occurred when the bus carrying 40 people swerved off the road and fell some 60 metres into a gorge before hitting the ground. "One of the injured later died on the way to a hospital in Mumbai, where he was being shifted after his condition worsened", he said.

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the accident victims and ordered a magisterial probe to ascertain the cause of the accident. On Monday evening, two cabinet ministers Kishan Kapoor and Sarveen Choudhary had reached the accident site to monitor relief operations.

More than 150,000 people are killed each year with most accidents blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

"I am deeply anguished by the loss of lives", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet."My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones".

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