This is a developing story.
24 children and three adults are dead in a tragic school bus crash today.
The crash occurred in northern India, after the bus swerved off a mountain road and crashed into a gorge below.
Some of the victims are as young as four years old, reports say.
At least 24 children and three adults were killed when a school bus plunged off a mountain road in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh on Monday, police said.
Santosh Patial, a senior police officer in Himachal Pradesh, said they had recovered 27 bodies from the accident site.
The adult dead included the driver.
The tragedy occurred when the bus swerved off the road and fell into a gorge. The bus was transporting children, all below the age of 13, who were studying at a private school in Nurpur town, 300 km (185 miles) from Shimla, the state capital.
This tweet featuring a picture of the bus crash site circulated on Twitter.
At least 27 children, some as young as 4, were killed when their school bus skidded off a mountain road into a gorge in the foothills of the Himalayas in north India, officials said. https://t.co/YSatzfjHuC
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) April 9, 2018
— CP24 (@CP24) April 9, 2018
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) April 9, 2018
“We have identified all the children and parents have been informed about the disaster,” said Ram Nath Singh, a police officer at the accident site.
Singh said three children with head injuries were taken to a government hospital.
India has the world’s deadliest roads, with almost 150,000 people killed in accidents in 2015, the latest government data shows.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his deep anguish over the tragedy. “My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones in the accident,” he said in a tweet.
Here is the Prime Minister’s tweet.
I am deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones in the accident: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 9, 2018