The school bus was heading towards Atari to drop the students at their homes from DAV Public School when the accident occurred around 5 km away from school. The children were residents of nearby villages Tibbi, Muhawa and Neshta. The bus driver escaped unhurt after breaking the window pans and fled from the spot.

“The driver was speeding and driving rashly. He joined duty only on Monday. I warned him about the narrow bridge ahead that doesn’t have railings but he didn’t listen. Suddenly the front tyres were in the air and we landed in the drain,” said Class 11 student Karambir Singh.