The incident occurred in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.
The deceased children were students of Ram Singh Pathania Memorial School, police said. The bus was designed for 42 seats, perhaps students were more. The death toll rose to 30. "The rescue operation is underway with the help of locals" he told media. Modi tweeted from his official account, "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", he wrote on Twitter. Killed 27 students, two teachers and 67-year-old driver, according to the Chronicle.info with reference to Gordon. About 13 people were sent to a hospital.
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The injured have been admitted to the Dr RPGMC Tanda hospital for medical treatment.
Commercial drivers are largely unregulated, meaning many work long hours through the night, raising the danger of them falling asleep at the wheel, campaigners say. The Associated Press, however, reports that some of those who died were as young as 4. Majority were less than ten years old. Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs each for the family of the accident victims and ordered a magisterial probe to ascertain the cause of the accident.
A pall of gloom descended in the area as wailing parents rushed to the spot on hearing the news. 27 bodies have been recovered so far, but the violent crash and mangled remains of the bus have made rescue and recovery efforts hard. However, accidents like this one are quite common in India due to the bad condition of infrastructure and inadequate safety measures.
Police said a Student Transportation of America School driver had just dropped the boy off at a designated student drop off location.