Reckless truck took away 24 children’s lives in India
International Desk:At least 24 school children were killed on Thursday in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh's Etah district. The school bus was hit by a speeding truck on the Patiali road.
The school was functioning despite the district administration’s order for closure due to cold conditions.
The superintendent of police confirmed 24 deaths and said the toll was feared to rise, with rescue efforts still on.
The children, between the ages of 3 and 12, were studying at a school in the town of Etah.
An eyewitness said the accident was caused by low visibility due to fog. The district magistrate of Etah has registered a case against the school because it was open despite an order for closure.
A team of doctors has been sent to the spot and those in a serious condition are being referred to Agra and Aligarh hospitals.
Initial reports said the children were enrolled at the JS Public School in Etah.