HIMACHAL PRADESH(INDIA):At least 30 people, including 17 children, were killed on Monday when their school bus skidded off a mountain road into a gorge in the foothills of the Himalayas, officials said.
Three adults were killed in the crash, Himachal Pradesh state transport minister Govind Singh Takur told the Press Trust of India news agency.
At least a dozen people were taken to area hospitals.
Initial reports indicated that the bus driver was speeding and lost control at the edge of the gorge, with the bus crashing some 60 metres to the ground below, said police officer.
The accident occurred in the Kangra Valley, about 500 kilometres from New Delhi, the bus was transporting children studying at a private school in Nurpur town.
India’s roads, particularly in the hills, have long been feared for their deep potholes, reckless drivers and, very often, a lack of guardrails. Fatal accidents are common.