A school bus plunged off of a cliff in the Himalayas on Monday, April 9. The crash claimed the lives of 27 children, two teachers and the 67-year-old bus driver. The exact number of children in the vehicle has not yet been released, but it is believed to be somewhere around 40.
The children were all students at a private school in Nurpur Town, almost 200 miles from the capital state of Shimla. Police are still working to save any children still trapped in the vehicle, and no identities have been released yet.
The Himachal Pradesh government has ordered doctors to remain on standby in case any children are recovered still alive to give them a better chance at survival. According to what Principal of Dr. RPGMC Tanda at Kangra told TOI, “A team of 50 doctors was standing on emergency doors, including pediatricians, doctors from orthopedics and ENT.”
The superintendent of Police, Santosh Patial, says that is on the scene and he will not leave until all of the children have been recovered. Once the scene has been cleared, they will then begin the process of investigating what caused the accident.
India has some of the world’s deadliest roads. In 2015, almost 150,000 people perished in accidents tied to the roads. Hopefully, this will be the kick in the pants that helps to drive India to reform their roads to prevent accidents like this.
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