Tamil Nadu: Container Comes Off Truck, Hits Passenger Bus 19 Dead
New Delhi: After a bus hit by a container that had come off a truck coming from the opposite side of the highway in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore, over 19 people were killed and a few are feared trapped in detritus, the police said. Twenty-three were injured and have been taken to different hospitals.
The Kerala government-run Volvo bus that can seat over 50 people were going to Ernakulam from Bengaluru in Karnataka, state Transport Minister AK Saseendran told reporters.
The police said the number of dead is likely to rise. In the visuals, the right side of the white bus is seen completely mangled, the driver's area is smashed.
According to the reporter's tire of the truck brust while it was in speed and the container got detached and roll on to the road before colliding with the bus. The driver of the truck that was coming from Coimbatore is on the run, the police said.
"All possible relief measures will be taken in cooperation with the government of Tamil Nadu and the District Collector of Tirupur," Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's office said.