At least 27 Indian children were killed Monday when their speeding school bus plunged off a mountain road into the foothills of the Himalayas, according to reports.
The bus driver lost control near the edge of a 200-foot gorge in the Kangra Valley, roughly 300 miles north of New Delhi, police officer Sunil Kumar told NBC New York.
“I am deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones in the accident,” the country’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, tweeted.
A rescue operation to look for potential survivors among the kids — most of whom were under the age of 10 — will continue through Monday night, Kumar said.
“The bus rolled into a 200-foot deep gorge, killing 27 schoolchildren, two teachers and the driver,” local police official Santosh Patyal said, according to BBC.
Few other details were immediately available Monday.