6 children killed as school bus falls in canal

Amritsar: Six children were killed and 17 others injured when a school bus fell into a canal near Border Out Post (BOP) Mahawa near Attari today.

The incident took place when the school bus, carrying 37 students, was passing over a narrow bridge, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Harkamalpreet Singh said.

“The bus got stuck on the bridge and the driver tried to manoeuvre his way out following which the vehicle overturned in the canal, he said.

“Out of 37 students, six were killed and 17 others received minor injuries,” the SSP said, adding, the injured have been hospitalised and rest of the students escaped unhurt.

The cause of the accident was the narrow bridge near the canal, he said.

The bus belongs to DAV Public School and the deceased students were in the age group of 10 and 15 years, police said.