Eight school children die in Rajasthan accident

Jaipur, July 30 : At least eight children were killed and over two dozen children were wounded Tuesday when the school bus they were travelling in collided with a truck in Rajasthan's Hanumangarh district, police said.

A police official told IANS that the bus was carrying about 45 children to Saraswati Bal Vidya Mandir in Pilibanga near Hanumangarh, some 400 km from Jaipur.

"The accident occurred when the bus rammed into a truck while trying to overtake it. Eight kids died on the spot while two dozen others were seriously injured," said the official.

He added that the injured were admitted in various hospital in Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar.

"Condition of about six children is stated to be critical," said the official.

Villagers closed down markets in nearby Goluwala town and blocked a road demanding action against school authorities for deploying a negligent bus driver.

--IANS (Posted on 30-07-2013)

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