UP, Jan 19, 2017: In a tragic incident, at least 15 school students dead and several other injured as bus collides with a truck in Etah district of Aliganj in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday morning.
More than 30 children are being treated for injuries at various hospitals, where the condition of seven is said to be critical.
The Etah District Magistrate has ordered a probe into the incident and has also cancelled the licence of the JS Public school for violating the government order to close schools from January 18 to January 21 owing to cold wave and poor weather conditions.
UP DGP Javeed Ahmed said in a tweet that:
Tragic road accident in Aliganj Etah. Over 15 school kids feared dead. Rescue of injured ongoing.
— Javeed (@javeedipsup) January 19, 2017
The bus was carrying 61 children to the school when a sand-laden truck rammed into it head-on on the Patiali Road near Aliganj.
The children in the school bus were aged 4-11 years and were students of Lower KG to Class 7.
District Magistrate Shambhunath said a case has also been filed against the management of the school for violating the orders issued on Wednesday regarding closure of schools.
A rescue team accompanied by locals rushed to the spot and took the injured children to a nearby hospital.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted:
Pained by the tragic loss of young lives in the road accident in Etah,UP. My prayers are with the bereaved families
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 19, 2017
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths of 15 school children who were killed on Thursday in a road accident in UP’s Etah district.
I pray that those injured in the accident in Etah recover at the earliest.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 19, 2017