Over 17 children killed in Indian school bus crash

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Last month, a truck carrying a wedding party drove off a bridge in western India killing 30 people, mostly women and children.

Last year, 15 students died after their school bus collided with a truck.

27 persons, including 24 school students, were killed when a private school bus fell into a 150 feet-deep gorge near Malkval in Nurpur, about 50 km from Dharmshala, on Monday afternoon, police said.

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"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.

A school bus has plunged off a mountain road in northern India. "Just then the window near my seat broke and I and a girl sitting by my side fell out", he said.

Officials said the 11 injured included six children, four of whom were in the Nurpur hospital and two in Pathankot.

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According to reports, the driver lost control on a sharp curve due to which the bus slipped into the gorge and came to rest in the middle of the hillside. "My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones in the accident", said Modi in a statement posted on the official Twitter handle of the Prime Minister's Office.

The state government has announced 500,000 rupees ($7,700) in compensation for each victim's family. Meanwhile, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kishan Kapoor, along with MLA Rakesh Pathania and Deputy Commissioner Kangra Sandeep Kumar reached the spot to supervise rescue and relief operations.

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