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Police: 7 children dead, dozens injured in Bangladesh school bus accident

From Farid Ahmed, CNN
February 17, 2014 -- Updated 0159 GMT (0959 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A school bus went off the road and into a canal, police say
  • Seven children were declared dead at the scene, according to police
  • Of the dozens injured, 11 were admitted to a military hospital, a superintendent said

Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) -- A bus carrying schoolchildren on a study trip skidded off a road and into a canal in southwestern Bangladesh on Saturday, killing at least seven children and injuring dozens more, a police chief said.

The seven children were between the ages of 6 and 12, and they were declared dead on the scene, said Joydev Khadra, the district police chief.

Of the injured, 11 were admitted to a military hospital in serious condition, said police superintendent Joydev Kumar Bhadra.

The bus was carrying 75 children who attended a primary school in the district, Khadra said. It was one of three returning from Mujibnagar, police said.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ordered an investigation into the accident.

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