Three students were killed after a bus carrying 50 students fell into a deep gorge on Mahal-Bardipada route in Gujarat's Dang district on Saturday, according to news agency ANI. Another news agency PTI, however, reported that the private bus was carrying around 70 students from Surat. Other students, all in the age group of 10-16 years,were rescued from the wreckage of the bus by police and local authorities.
The mishap took place in the evening on Mahal-Bardipadaroad near Ahwa town, around 380 kms from Ahmedabad. The bus was coming from Shabri Dham, a religious and tourist spot in the district, said Superintendent of Police of Dang Shweta Shrimali.
Shrimali, however, told PTI that one student died in the mishap. "One student died in the accident. We have rescued around 70 others who were stuck in the bus after it fell into the gorge," she said.
Some of the injured students were shifted to Ahwacivil hospital while others were taken to Surat civil hospital after being rescued by local authorities and police. All the students are residents of Amroli area in Surat. They had gone for a picnic to Dang which was sponsored by their tuition class in Surat, according to a parent of one of the students.
In a similar incident, four people were killed and 25 were injured when their bus fell from a bridge near Chamardi village in Gujarat's Bhavnagar district on December 11. The private bus was on its way from Bhavnagar to Vallabhipur when it fell about 10-12 feet from a minor bridge on the state highway in the evening. The preliminary probe suggested the driver had lost control.