AGENCIES, Coimbatore: At least 19 passengers including the driver and conductor of a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus were killed and several injured in a freak accident involving the bus and a container truck. The accident happened in the early hours of Thursday.
The bus was on its way to Kerala’s Ernakulam from Karnataka’s Bengaluru. According to preliminary police reports, one of the tyres of the container truck burst, after which it crossed the median on the highway and hit the driver’s side of the bus coming from the opposite direction and virtually tore through it.
Kerala transport minister A.K. Saseendran said, “48 passengers were on board the ill-fated bus. Among the casualties include 14 male and 5 female passengers.
Tiruppur police have arrested the driver of the container truck.
Deputy Tehsildar of Tiruppur, Alagarasan said, “The accident took place at 3:30 am today. Over 100 officers including police and medical staff are carrying out the rescue work.” He also said the container was coming in the wrong direction and rammed into the bus.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has told the District Collector of Palakkad to provide emergency medical care and relief to the accident victims.