11 schoolchildren killed in Punjab

Jalandhar: At least 11 children were killed Monday when their school bus collided with a truck near Nakodar town in Punjab, police said. The driver of the bus was also killed.

The children from Akal Academy School in Boparai Kalan were on their way to school when the mini-bus in which they were travelling collided with a truck near Gahira village near Nakodar, 170 km from here.

The injured children were taken to hospitals in Jalandhar and Nakodar.

Most of the children were under 10 and had boarded the bus just minutes before the accident took place.

“Seven children died on the spot while four others died in hospital,” Jalandhar Superintendent of Police (Rural) Rajinder Singh told.

The bus was carrying about 25 children to school when the accident happened, police officials said.

Eyewitnesses told police that the bus and the truck were speeding when the collision took place.

-IANS

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