School Bus Accident in Uttar Pradesh, 15 Students Killed & 25 InjuredJanuary 19, 2017 12:16
In a tragic road accident, fifteen school children were killed and twenty-five were seriously injured in Uttar Pradesh's Etah on Thursday.
According to the officials, the school bus in which the students were travelling got crashed into a truck. The speeding truck collided with the school bus which was carrying more than 60 students.
All the students were between the age group of seven and ten years old.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief in tweets. "Anguished by the tragic accident in UP's Etah district. I share the pain of the bereaved families & console passing away of young children."
The police confirmed that all the children have been rescued from the bus. Those injured were taken to the district hospital. 16 children, who got serious injuries, were shifted to a specialised govt hospital in Aligarh.
"Many children are seriously injured," said senior police officer Daljeet Chaudhary. He added: "We will take action if anyone found at fault."
Police say that "according to a government order, all schools are shut till Friday because of cold weather conditions. An investigation has been ordered into why the school was functioning despite the government order."
Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted: "My heart goes out to the families of those children who lost their lives in this tragedy. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured."
Police have started an investigation on how the accident took place and find why the school was functioning, despite holiday.
BY M. DIVYA SRI