Himachal Pradesh : School bus falls into gorge, 29 dead, 25 injured

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At least 29 people died  and 25 other injured on Monday after a school bus fell into a 200-feet deep gorge in Nurpur of Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district. Among the 29 dead include, 26 children, 2 teachers and the driver of the school bus.

According to preliminary information, the bus belongs to a private school. It was heading to drop the children to their respective residences after the school dissolved for the day.

The injured children have been admitted to Civil Hospital, Nurpur. The police have also reached the spot. The reason for the accident is being investigated.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has, meanwhile, ordered a high-level magistrate investigation into the accident.

“I have been told that nine children died and several got injured in the incident. I have spoken with the Chief Secretary, DG and Deputy Commissioner. The NDRF has immediately been deployed. The rescue operation, with the help of locals, is underway. I have ordered a magisterial probe,” Jai Ram Thakur said.

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