They had great potentials, positive vibes and a promising future ahead of them, but sadly, all that has been reduced to the grave.

Bad roads and over-speeding has caused the loss of 27 young and promising lives in India.

The school children and three other adults were killed on Monday when their school bus skidded off a mountain road into a valley.

According to police officer Sunil Kumar, the bus driver was speeding and lost control at the edge of the valley, with the bus crashing some 200 feet (60 meters) to the ground below.

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At least a dozen people were taken to area hospitals.

The accident occurred in the Kangra Valley, about 500 kilometers (300 miles) north of New Delhi.

India's roads, particularly in the hills, have long been feared for their deep potholes, reckless drivers and, very often, a lack of guardrails. Fatal accidents are common.

"I am deeply anguished by the loss of lives," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet. "My prayers and solidarity are with those who lost their near and dear ones."

Rescuers were still digging through the wreckage after nightfall looking for more survivors, Kumar said.

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