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9 dead, 35 hurt as tourist vehicle rear-ends govt bus in Kerala's Palakkad | Video

India Today logo India Today 06-10-2022 Shibimol KG
Officials lifting the bus that met with an accident in Kerala's Palakkad using cranes. Officials lifting the bus that met with an accident in Kerala's Palakkad using cranes.

Nine people died and 35 others were hurt in an accident between a tourist vehicle and a government bus in Kerala's Palakkad. The accident occurred on Wednesday night in the Vadakkenchery region of Palakkad.

The tourist bus rear-ended a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus in Vadakkenchery, resulting in the deaths of five students, a teacher and three KSRTC passengers. As many as 35 others were admitted to the hospital.

The tourist bus was carrying students and teachers from Baselios Vidhyanikethan in Ernakulam district and was headed towards Ooty in Tamil Nadu. The KSRTC bus was going towards Coimbatore.

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The KSRTC bus had fallen on one side due to the impact of the read-ending. Cranes had to be deployed to bring it back to a normal position, after which rescue personnel entered the vehicle and began to evacuate people from the bus.

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Reacting to the incident, minister MB Rajesh said, "The post-mortem procedures will begin in the morning at 8.30 at Palakad and Alathur. Covid tests will also be done, so it will take some time. Out of the injured, nobody is critical. Five were severely injured. The five are not students. They were passengers of the KSRTC bus."

Further details are awaited.

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