Student killed in school bus accident identified

Hugh Fox
April 11, 2018

About 13 people were sent to a hospital.

"The bus rolled into a 200ft-deep gorge, killing 27 schoolchildren, two teachers and the driver", said Santosh Patial, a senior local police official.

Casey said investigators will be interviewing the male bus driver, who drives for Student Transportation of America. "Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families and with those injured".

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Some of the seriously injured have been taken to hospital in Pathankot. There is another person in a critical condition. Ranveer Singh, a 10 year old boy who survived the crash said, told the Hindustan Times that he heard a loud bang before the bus began to roll.

School bus jumped into a deep gorge in India.

A pall of gloom descended in the area as wailing parents rushed to the spot on hearing the news.

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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced an immediate relief of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased. The bodies were rescued with the help of local people.

The crash was reported at 4:52 p.m. Monday.

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. However, accidents like this one are quite common in India due to the awful condition of infrastructure and inadequate safety measures. The principal of the Wazir Ram Singh Pathania Memorial School, Sunita Kumari, said, "The bus had been inspected by all the authorities and had met all norms".

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