Indian school bus plunges into gorge, ‘killing 27 children’

Indian school bus plunges into gorge, ‘killing 27 children’

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The bus was carrying more than 40 students when it left the road

At least 30 people, most of them children, have died after a school bus fell into a gorge in a mountainous region of India, officials say.Most of the passengers were below the age of 10, police said. The bus driver and two teachers were also killed in the accident on Monday evening.The incident occurred in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.Road accidents are common in India, often due to poor driving or badly maintained roads and vehicles.Monday’s accident, which occurred about 325km (200 miles) from the state capital, Shimla, involved a bus transporting more than 40 students from Wazir Ram Singh Pathania Memorial school in Nurpur in the country’s Kangra district.”The bus rolled into a 200ft (61m) deep gorge, killing 27 schoolchildren, two teachers and the driver,” local police official Santosh Patyal told AFP news agency.Eyewitnesses said the vehicle skidded as it turned a corner and left the mountainous road, India’s ANI news agency reported.India’s National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) was called to the crash site and is continuing its efforts to reach any passengers trapped in the wreckage. Authorities in the region have called for an investigation into the incident.