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Kerala bus accident: 9 including 5 students killed in Vadakkenchery

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Nine people, including five students, were killed after a private tourist bus hit a state-run KSRTC bus from behind at Vadakkenchery, Kerala Road Transport Minister Antony Raju said on Thursday (October 6).

The minister said the accident occurred around 11.30 PM on Wednesday when the private bus, which was travelling at a high speed while attempting to overtake a car, hit the rear end of a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus.

“Both the buses went off the road. Nine persons, including five students and a teacher, were killed in the accident,” he told the media.

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The minister also said that the preliminary view was that the accident occurred due to the high speed of the private bus and the negligence of its driver.

According to reports, the bus was travelling at 97 kilometres per hour.

He said the KSRTC bus was going from Kottarakkara in Kerala to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and had 81 passengers, of whom three died in the accident.

The private bus was carrying 42 students and 5 teachers of Baselios Vidyanikethan Senior Secondary School in Ernakulam, who were on a pleasure trip.

State Local Self Government Minister MB Rajesh, who visited the hospital in Palakkad where the injured were admitted, told reporters that four of them were in serious condition, but the rest were fine.

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Meanwhile, state Revenue Minister K Rajan told the media that everyone was in shock regarding what happened.

He said there will be an investigation to ascertain how and why the accident happened and strict measures would be needed to be put in place for preventing such incidents in the future.

Rajan said a Cabinet meeting will be held to consider providing compensation to the families who lost loved ones in the accident and that counselling may have to be provided to the students who lost close friends and a teacher in the tragic incident.

One of the students told a TV channel that the private bus was going at a very high speed and then rammed into the rear right side of the KSRTC bus and then toppled over.

“There was blood everywhere. We do not know what has happened to some of our friends and teachers who were in bad shape,” he said, breaking into tears.

Another student said that she was watching a film when the accident occurred and someone landed on top of her as the bus toppled over.

“Someone pulled me and another girl out from the bus. But the girl sitting close to me could not be pulled out until much later,” she said.

Around 40 persons were injured in the accident, police said.

Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan said he was deeply pained by the loss of lives.

“Deeply pained by the loss of lives in the bus accident on the Walayar-Vadakkancherry national highway in Kerala. My deepest condolences to the families who lost their dear ones in this tragedy. Praying for the quick and full recovery of the injured,” he tweeted.

(With agency inputs)

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