At least 12 children died when the school bus in which they were travelling collided with truck near Nakodar town in Punjab on Monday morning.
Five children are said to be injured in the terrible tragedy, which has also claimed the life of school bus driver.
Some of the injured have been admitted to Nakodar civil hospital.
Two of them could be shifted to a hospital in Ludhiana.
The mini-bus carrying children from Akal Academy School in Boparai Kalan collided with the truck near Jaheera village in Lambhra, close to Nakodar, 170 km from here.
According to reports, the truck laden with bricks, which was being driven on the wrong side of the road, lost control and collided head-on with the mini-bus.
An FIR has been registered against the truck driver, who has been absconding since the accident took place at around 8 am on a highway near Jalandhar when the bus was on its way to school.
Most of the children were under 10 and had boarded the bus just minutes before the accident took place.
Around 30 children were stated to be travelling in the bus when the truck collided with it. The area where the mishap occurred is said to be prone to accidents.
Monday, 04 March, 2013 at 07:20 (07:20 AM) UTC RSOE
12 children, school bus driver killed in accident
“Twelve children were among 13 killed and eight other students injured when a truck collided with their school bus on the Jalandhar-Nakodar road this morning.
The condition of three children is serious.
The children were on their way to school when the mishap occurred near Jaheera village in Lambhra, close to Nakodar, Jalandhar Range’s Inspector General of Police, Gurpreet Deo said.
The driver of the school mini bus, which was carrying 24 students, all in the age group of 8-10 years, was also killed in the mishap, she said.
A case of rash and negligent driving was registered against the truck driver, who fled after the accident.
“The mishap took place at 8:AM in Jaheera village when the bus of Akal Academy was taking students to the school,” Jalandhar Rural SP (D) Rajinder Singh said.
While seven succumbed at the accident spot, others died on way to the hospital. Three students are serious and are admitted in a hospital while others are out of danger, he said.
The area where the mishap occurred is said to be prone to accidents.
The impact of the accident was so bad that the roof of the school mini bus was torn off and the vehicle was virtually reduced to a heap of metal.
School bags, tiffin boxes and colourful pencil boxes lay strewn at the site.
Most of the victims belonged to nearby villages. The bodies were taken to the Nakodar hospital and later handed over to their parents.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal expressed grief over the loss of lives and directed the district authorities to provide immediate medical aid to the injured.
Jalandhar deputy Commissioner Shruti Singh announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the next of kin of those who died and free medical aid to the injured.” – deccanherald.com