15 students killed as school bus overturns in Manipur

Imphal : At least 15 students were killed and more than 18 injured, many of them critically, after a school bus overturned in Manipur’s Noney district on Wednesday, police said. A bus carrying students suddenly overturned while the driver was negotiating a bend on Old Cachar Road near Longsai area in the mountainous region, killing at least five students and injuring 20 others on the spot. The injured were admitted to different hospitals, where two students succumbed to their injuries.

The death toll is likely to rise as the condition of many students was listed as critical. The accident site is about 55 km from the state capital Imphal.

Police said students of Thambalnu Higher Secondary School were going on their annual school study trip to Khoupum in Noney district in two buses. A bus carrying female students met with an accident.

Expressing shock over the accident, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear about the accident of a bus carrying school children on Old Cachar Road today. SDRF, medical team and MLA rushed to the spot to coordinate the rescue operation. I pray for the safety of everyone on the bus.”

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