A SCHOOL bus plunged off a mountain road overnight into a deep gorge in the Himalayan foothills, killing 27 children, some as young as four, Indian officials said.
Four adults also died, said Sandeep Kumar, a local official. Ten children were hospitalised.
Initial reports indicated the bus driver was speeding as he took the children home and lost control at the edge of the gorge.
The bus fell some 60 metres to the ground below, said police officer Sunil Kumar. The adults killed included the bus driver, two teachers and another woman, officials said. Most of the children riding in the bus were believed to be in primary school.