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Death Toll In Himachal Pradesh School Bus Crash Reaches 30, Including 27 Kids

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| April 10 , 2018 , 08:16 IST

At least 30 people have been killed, including 27 kids after a school bus fell 328 feet into a gorge in the Malkwal region of Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district on Monday afternoon. The children killed were all between the ages of 5 and 14 years.

According to Kangra district officials the death toll may rise further since 11 other children are injured, out of which 3 are said to be in serious condition.

The bus of the Wazir Ram Singh Pathania private school had been carrying students of all classes from Nursery to Class 10 when it left the school campus around 3 PM. The bus had barely crossed 6 km when the bus plunged into a gorge on the side of the road with such a great impact that much of the vehicle was crushed.

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Kangra SP Santosh Patial said to TOI, “We had to cut open the body of the bus to pull out the victims and survivors. We have been able to account for 38 people in the bus. As a precaution, we are making sure no one fell out at the time of the accident.”

The worst bus incident in the area in years occurring on Monday reportedly took place as the driver of the bus, an ex-army man lost control of the bus resulting in the plunge. The driver Madan Lal, was also killed in the accident but a case has been registered against him for rash driving and causing death by negligence.

After the incident, Principal of the school, Sunita Kumari, said that the bus met all required norms.

“The bus had been inspected by all the authorities and had met all norms,” she said.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has announced Rs 5 lakh for each of the families of the deceased and ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. On Monday evening, two cabinet ministers Kishan Kapoor and Sarveen Choudhary had reached the accident site to monitor relief operations.