At least 16 people including nine children were killed in two separate road accidents in Uttarakhand on Tuesday.

At least nine children are feared dead and many seriously injured after a school bus, carrying 18 children, rolled down a gorge in Kangsali of Tehri Garhwal district in Uttarakhand early in the day.

The accident occurred after the driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle and rolled down a deep gorge.

According to the Disaster Mitigation And Management Centre, a State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team was rushed to the accident spot to carry out rescue operations.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital.

Meanwhile, in another road accident, at least seven people were killed, while several others are feared trapped beneath a boulder that fell on the bus they were travelling in at Lambagad slide zone on the Badrinath Highway in Uttarakhand.

A police team is present at the spot of the accident. Rescue operations are underway.