rime MInister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed sorrow over the demise of children in a bus accident in Gujarat's Dang district. The accident, which took place on Saturday, claimed 10 lives, including eight children.
"The bus accident in Gujarat’s Dang District is deeply anguishing. It is extremely sad that we lost young lives in the accident. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and I hope the injured recover at the earliest," PM Modi's official handle said.
The authorities on Sunday confirmed the toll, adding that the accident took place when the bus was returning from a picnic.
The bus accident in Gujarat’s Dang District is deeply anguishing.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 23, 2018
It is extremely sad that we lost young lives in the accident.
My thoughts are with the bereaved families and I hope the injured recover at the earliest: PM @narendramodi
Around 80 people, mostly students of a coaching class in Surat, were travelling in the bus, which was on its way to Surat when the incident occurred on the Mahal-Bardipada road near Ahwa town, 380 km from Ahmedabad, on Saturday evening, the police said.
Over 24 people were injured when the driver apparently lost control of the bus, sinking the vehicle into a 200-feet deep gorge. The deceased included eight children and two adults, said Superintendent of Police (SP) Shweta Shrimali.
Seventeen students with serious injuries were shifted to hospitals in Surat. The rescue operation continued till late on Saturday night, the SP said.
All the students, who were in the age group of 10-16 years, are residents of Amroli area in Surat. The students were returning after visiting the Sabri dam in Dang. The picnic was sponsored by their tuition class.
(With inputs from PTI)