"Seventeen people died on the spot and one injured person succumbed to injuries while being taken to a nearby hospital. All the injured people have been shifted to the Aizawl civil hospital for treatment. The condition of seven of them is critical," a Mizoram information department official told reporters.
The bodies of the victims have been recovered.
The ill-fated bus left Aizwal late Friday night for Champai in eastern Mizoram and fell into a 100 metre deep gorge in a narrow valley after ramming into the debris.
Chief minister Lal Thanhawla and other ministers visited the injured at the hospital.