Seven children were killed and 17 others injured when a school bus fell into a canal at Mahawa border out post near Attari border today.
The incident occurred while the school bus, carrying 37 students, was crossing a narrow bridge on its way to drop the children home after school, 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, seven were killed and 17 others received minor injuries," the SSP said, adding, the injured have been hospitalised.
The bus belongs to DAV Public School and the deceased students were in the age group of 10 and 15 years, police said.
A probe has been ordered into the incident though it seems to be due to the fault of the school bus driver, the official said.
Eyewitnesses told the police that the bus got stuck on the bridge over the drain.
As the driver tried to manoeuver it, the bus skidded off the road and hung precariously for a few minutes before falling into the drain, said an eyewitness.
Locals said the administration had a tough time in extracting the victims from the bus, though villagers started the rescue operations before the authorities could reach the spot.
More than 150,000 people were killed in road accidents in India every year, according to official figures, and most of the incidents are due to over speeding or drunk driving.