Lucknow: At least 15 children were today killed and several others injured when their school bus collided with a lorry amid dense fog on Aliganj-Paliyali road.
The bus was carrying students to J S Vidyaniketan school which had opened despite the district magistrate’s orders to keep all schools closed in view of intense cold, officials said.
The mishap occurred near Asadnagar village under Aliganj Kotwali police station area in Etah, which is four hours drive from the national capital.
District Magistrate, Etah, Shambhu Nath put the toll at 15 and said eight of them died on the spot.
Near 20 injured students were rushed to different hospitals, he said.
The toll might increase, local officials feared.
The District Magistrate said orders have been issued to cancel the recognition of the school.
Twelve of those killed have been identified, he said, adding the deceased were in the 5-15 years age bracket.
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