11 Apr 2024

Haryana: 8 children die after school bus overturns, 10 critical; driver suspected to be under influence of alcohol

A horrific road accident occurred when a school bus overturned near Unhani village of Kanina in Mahendragarh district of Haryana in Narnaul. Eight children died and 35 were injured in this accident. Police reached the spot after receiving the information and are investigating the matter.

According to the police and eyewitnesses, the bus went out of control after which the bus driver jumped from the moving bus. The bus collided with a tree and overturned. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the driver was in an inebriated state.

Eyewitnesses said that the accident was so severe that as soon as the bus overturned, the school children hit the front glass of the bus hard and fell out.

There were a total of 45 children in the bus. The condition of about ten children is said to be critical.

This school bus of GL Public School, Kanina was coming towards Kanina from Sehlang, Jhadli, Dhanaunda with children. Despite being Eid holiday, the school was not closed on Thursday.

The injured have been brought to Kanina, where some have been referred to Narnaul, PGIMS Rohtak and Rewari.

According to the police, the bus driver is still absconding.

Local police officer Uday Bhan told the media, “According to preliminary investigation and statements of eyewitnesses, it has come to light that the driver was driving the bus under the influence of alcohol. The police is investigating the matter. Most of the deceased children are residents of village Dhanaunda.”

After the bus overturned, the people nearby were the first to start evacuating the children. Police reached the spot after some time. Later the bus was lifted with the help of earthmoving machine.

Haryana Chief Minister Naib Saini has expressed grief over the death of children.

He wrote on social media platform X, "My condolences are with the families who have lost their innocent children. The local administration is ready to help the injured."

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