Eight children die after school bus rolls into canal in India

At least eight children were killed when a school bus rolled into a large canal in India's northern state of Punjab on Tuesday, police said.

The bus, carrying 37 children, was bringing the students home after school when the accident occurred near Amritsar city, regional police chief Harkamal Preet Singh said.

Eight of the 20 injured children died, while 17 children others were rescued or swam to safety. Those who died were mostly kindergarten and nursery school students, the police chief said.

Initial investigations indicated the accident happened after the driver lost control of the vehicle. Most children had been accounted for, but operations were continuing at the site.

India's high rate of fatal traffic accidents - an average of 135,000 people annually for the past five years - is due in part to poorly maintained roads and vehicles.

Last update: Tue, 20/09/2016 - 13:26
Author: 

More from World

Watchdog: Over 60 per cent of east Aleppo captured by Syrian regime

More than 60 per cent of the rebel enclave of eastern Aleppo has now fallen to Syrian government forces, a...

Nine dead, 25 missing after fire at California warehouse party

At least nine people died and 25 were missing after a fire broke out during a party at a warehouse in the US state...

Car bombing in Baghdad kills at least four, injures 10

A car bomb exploded Saturday in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing at least four civilians, police and witnesses...

Egypt's top court revokes police power on protests

Egypt's top court has quashed power granted to police to ban street protests.

Indonesian police release seven accused of treason

Indonesian police on Saturday released seven people, including two former generals and a rock star, a day after they...