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Eight school kids killed in Kashmir bus accident

Srinagar, April 4, 2013, (IANS) : 20:49 IST
Rescue work in progress after a school skidded off the road and fell into a gorge in South Kashmir district of Anantnag on Thursday. PTI Photo
Eight school children were killed and 12 others injured when their bus rolled down into a gorge near here Thursday, police said.

A senior police officer told IANS that a school bus carrying children back home from school fell into a 300-feet-deep gorge near Kandivari village, 70 km from here, after the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The bus was going from Dialgam to Kokernag town when the accident happened.

"Five children died on the spot while 15 others were injured and were taken to hospital.

Some of the injured were in critical condition since the bus rolled over hard rock before it crashed onto the bottom of the 300-foot-deep gorge. Three kids later succumbed to their injuries," said the officer.

Panic gripped Kandivari and adjacent villages after the news of the accident spread.

Senior police and other district administration officials rushed to the accident spot to supervise search and rescue operations.

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