School bus plunges off cliff in India, killing 27

Posted April 10, 2018

The bus went off the roadway after the driver lost control on a curve near the town of Nurpur in Himachal Pradesh.

On Monday evening, recovering from injuries on the head, arms and legs at the civil hospital in Nurpur, Ranbir told The Indian Express: "Two of us, a girl and I, fell out of the window of the bus as it fell".

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

"Twenty-seven people, including 23 children, were killed as the school bus fell into the gorge in Kangra district", said deputy commissioner Kangra Sandeep Kumar. He further informed that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is also deployed at the incident site and the rescue operation is underway.

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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced the government would give the next of kin of each of the dead about $7,700 in compensation. All the deceased students were under 10 years of age and a lot of them belonged to Khawada village of Nurpur. Thakur has ordered a magisterial inquiry to ascertain the cause of the accident.

Search and rescue operations are over and 11 children were taken to two hospitals.

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"Extremely saddened to learn about the tragic school bus accident in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh". Police, local volunteers, team of doctors and other emergency services have been mobilized, he added. Reckless driving, such as speeding, is blamed in many cases.