27 killed in Indian school bus crach
A school bus has plunged off a mountain road into a deep gorge in the Himalayan foothills in India, killing 23 children, some as young as 4.
 
Four adults also died and ten children were hospitalised.
 
Initial reports indicated the bus driver was speeding as he took the children home and lost control at the edge of the gorge.
 
The bus fell 60 metres to the ground below, said police officer Sunil Kumar.
 
The adults killed included the bus driver, two teachers and another woman, officials said.
 
Most of the children riding in the bus were believed to be in elementary school.
 
The crash happened in the Kangra Valley, around 500 kilometres north of New Delhi.
 
The search for survivors ended with the bodies of the dead lying on the concrete floor of the Nurpur mortuary, covered by sheets.
 
India's roads, particularly in the hills, have long been feared for their deep potholes, reckless drivers and often a lack of guardrails.
 
Fatal accidents are common.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet: "I am deeply anguished by the loss of lives."
 
"My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones."
 
- AAP with Nine News
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