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Imphal, Dec 21: At least seven students were killed and over 18 others injured, many of them critical, after a school bus overturned in Manipur’s Noney district on Wednesday, police said.

The bus carrying the students suddenly overturned when the driver was negotiating a turn on Old Cachar Road near the Longsai area of the mountainous district, killing at least five students on the spot and injuring 20 others.

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The injured were admitted to different hospitals, where two other students succumbed to their injuries.

The death toll is likely to increase as conditions of many of the students are stated to be critical.

The accident site is around 55 km from state capital Imphal.

Police said that the students of Thambalnu Higher Secondary School went on an annual school study tour to Khoupum in Noney district in two buses and one of the bus in which the girl students were travelling met with the accident.

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, expressing his shock over the accident, tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear about the accident of a bus carrying school children at the Old Cachar Road today. SDRF, Medical team and MLAs have rushed to the site to coordinate the rescue operation. Praying for the safety of everyone on the bus.”

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