School bus plunges off cliff in India, killing 27

Himachal school bus accident: 27 kids, 3 others killed in Nurpur; updates

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.

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.

"My first priority was to save lives. We will now investigate the reasons for the accident", he told the AFP news agency from the scene.

Some of the seriously injured have been taken to hospital in Pathankot.

A 10-year-old boy is telling the story of his escape from a tragic school bus crash that killed four adults and 23 children.

Gandhi, for his part tweeted, "I am deeply disturbed and saddened by the bus accident in Himachal, that has claimed many lives, including those of 26 children".

Onlookers rushed to search the mangled yellow bus upturned on the valley slope for survivors.

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Images from the scene showed injured children being carried away, bloodied and bruised, some on stretchers and others in the arms of bystanders.

That vehicle then went into a spin, crossed the roadway and struck a school bus, head on, that was traveling in the opposite direction.

State would provided all possible help to the affected family as DC Kangra has been directed to ensure all possible assistance to the victims and speedy rescue operation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office tweeted that Mr Modi was "anguished" over the news of the deaths.

"My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones in the accident", he wrote on Twitter.

In India, road accidents kill about 150,000 people a year, the largest toll in the world.

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