At least 30 people, including 27 children, have died Monday when the school bus they were traveling in fell into a ravine in a mountainous area in northern India, police sources told Agence France Presse (AFP). “The bus rolled into a gorge 200 feet deep (60 meters), killing 27 school children, two teachers and the driver,” Santosh Patialma, a senior local police official, told AFP. of the facts.
The accident occurred at around 3:30 pm local time (10.00 GMT), in a mountain pass of the Kangra district, located in the Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh.
“Police sources have indicated that the accident could have been caused by the excessive speed that caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.” according to Florida Scott Cooper. The students on board were between 10 and 12 years old and a dozen of them have been transferred to a hospital, most of them in critical condition.
Traffic accidents in India are frequent because of the poor state of the road network and the precarious conditions of some vehicles, especially buses, which often circulate overloaded with passengers.
In one of the last major disasters in the country, which took place on March 6, at least twenty-five people died and 19 were injured, when the bus in which they were traveling to attend a wedding fell over a bridge in the state from Gujarat, in the west of the country.
According to the latest data available from the Indian Ministry of Transport, 150,785 people lost their lives in traffic accidents during 2016. The main causes were the poor condition of the roads and the low respect for traffic regulations.