The Punjab government today announced that all state-run, private aided and recognised schools in the state would be closed for three days from tomorrow in view of road accidents due to dense smog and inclement weather. The schools will remain shut from November 9 to 11, state education minister Aruna Chaudhary said in a release here. She further clarified that this order would also be applicable to all primary, middle, high and senior secondary schools in the state. Several people have lost lives in the past few days in the state because of the road accidents at different places because of smog. Nine people, including eight students, waiting by the side of a road to catch a bus after their vehicle met with an accident, were mowed down by a speeding truck near on Bathinda-Chandigarh road today. Also, a teacher, Mandeep Kaur, who was travelling with the students, was killed in the collision between a bus and a minibus.
Fourteen others were injured in the accident which occurred due to low visibility, the police said. Following the accident, students and a government employee alighted from the bus and were waiting by the roadside to catch another vehicle when they were mowed down by the truck.
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