At least 27 people died, including 23 school children, after a school bus plunged into a gorge on Monday (Reuters). The accident took place around 4:30 pm, India Standard Time (IST), near the Nurpur-Chamba highway, about 100 kilometers away from Dharamsala (Times of India). Four adults also died in the accident, the bus driver, two female teachers and an unidentified female hitchhiker (Hindustan Times). According to eyewitnesses, the bus driver lost control of the bus and it skidded of the road, into the 100-foot gorge (India).
The students, from Wazir Ram Singh Pathania Memorial Public School, belonged to class 5 and below, between 5 and 14 years old (Times of India). The crash shocked the people of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his anguish, “My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones in the accident” (India). Chief Minister Jairam Thakur announced that the families of the victims will each receive Rs 5 lakh, about 7,650 U.S. dollars (India Today). The latest government data from India showed that India has the world’s deadliest roads, with almost 150,000 people killed in accidents in 2015 (Reuters).
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