30 dead, including 27 children, in India bus crash

27 children die in Indian school bus accident

People helping to rescue injured after a private school bus falls into a deep gorge in Nurpur, India, on April 9, 2018. It had barely covered 6 km when the driver is believed to have lost control of the bus, resulting in the fatal plunge. "We will now investigate the reasons for the accident", he told the AFP news agency from the scene. "My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones in the accident", said Modi in a statement posted on the official Twitter handle of the Prime Minister's Office.

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".

Few other details were immediately available Monday. "I am deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh".

Earlier, SDM Nurpur Abid Hussain said 20 bodies had been recovered with the help of local volunteers and police.




Food, Consumer affairs and Civil Supply Kishan Kapoor and Urban Development Minister Sarveen Chudhary visited the spot.

SP Santosh Patial said the number of students in the bus was expected to be around 40, but "the exact number was not confirmed".

Since the rescue operation still on, death toll is likely to rise as some students were still trapped in the mangled wreckage, police added.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced the government would give the next of kin of each of the dead about $7,700 in compensation.

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