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20 dead in Tamil Nadu as Bengaluru-Ernakulam bus meets with accident

At least 20 people have been killed and several others injured in Tamil Nadu after a Bengaluru-Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram bus met with an accident after being hit by a speeding truck near Avinashi town of Tirupur district.

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: February 20, 2020 12:09 IST
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19 dead in Tamil Nadu as Bengaluru-Ernakulam bus meets with accident

At least 20 people have been killed and several others injured after a Kerala state road transport corporation bus met with an accident near Avinashi town of Tirupur district in Tamil Nadu. The accident occured after a speeding truck experienced a tyre burst after which it lost control and hit the bus.

The bus was going to Thiruvananthapuram from Bengaluru, while the lorry was coming from the opposite direction on the Coimbator-Salem Highway when the mishap occurred at 4.30 am, police said.

Of the 48 passengers in the bus, 20 (14 men and 5 women, one not known) died on the spot and remaining sustained injuries.

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19 dead in Tamil Nadu as Bengaluru-Ernakulam bus meets with accident

Speaking on the incident, Kerala Transport Minister AK Saseendran said, "Senior officials from Kerala State Road Transport Corporation have rushed to the site. 20 feared dead and several injured. Meanwhile, KSRTC Managing Director will conduct an inquiry and submit a report."

India Tv - 19 dead in Tamil Nadu as Bengaluru-Ernakulam bus meets with accident

19 dead in Tamil Nadu as Bengaluru-Ernakulam bus meets with accident

Meanwhile, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has instructed District Collector of Palakkad to provide emergency medical care to the victims of the accident. Procedures to identify the deceased are in progress, the CMO office informed.

"All possible relief measures will be taken in cooperation with the government of Tamil Nadu and the District Collector of Tirupur," Kerala CMO office added. 

India Tv - 19 dead in Tamil Nadu as Bengaluru-Ernakulam bus meets with accident

19 dead in Tamil Nadu as Bengaluru-Ernakulam bus meets with accident

(With inputs from PTI)

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