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Student killed in school bus accident identified

People take injured to the hospital after the Private school bus falls into a deep gorge at Nurpur on Monday People take injured to the hospital after the Private school bus falls into a deep gorge at Nurpur on Monday
Andrew Cummings | 10 April, 2018, 19:46

The private school bus skidded off a mountain road and fell into a 30-metre gorge in the district of Kangra, state education minister Suresh Bhardwaj told the dpa press agency. Authorities said the total number of students in the bus was not confirmed as rescue operations were still under way.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office tweeted that Mr Modi was "anguished" over the news of the deaths. According to eyewitness, all the children travelling in the bus were in the age group of 5 -11 years, mostly studying in primary school and kindergarten.

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.

Few other details were immediately available Monday. "It was expected that more bodies would be recovered; those injured were sent to nearby hospitals", he said.

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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. There were around 40 students in the ill-fated bus, 20 of them got injured.

Casey said initial reports were that the boy was a passenger on the bus.

The driver was speeding and lost control at the edge of the gorge, police officer Sunil Kumar said, adding that the rescue operation would continue into the night. "I have spoken with the Chief Secretary, Director General and Deputy Commissioner".

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