Seven killed, 26 injured as bus falls into gorge near Ooty

Eight people died and 26 were injured when a state RTC bus en route to Coonoor from Ooty fell into a 100-metre gorge in Ketti Valley near Manthada in The Nilgiris on Thursday.

Published: 14th June 2018 04:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2018 01:20 AM   |  A+A-

The accident happened near Manthada on Ooty - Coonoor road. (EPS)

By Express News Service

COIMBATORE: Eight people died and 26 were injured when a state RTC bus en route to Coonoor from Ooty fell into a 100-metre gorge in Ketti Valley near Manthada in The Nilgiris on Thursday.

The accident happened when the driver -- Rajkumar (40) -- tried to overtake another vehicle and lost control.

All passengers were thrown off the bus, said local residents who initiated the rescue operation.

The vehicle was completely damaged in the accident.

While the driver escaped with minor injuries, the conductor L Prakash was admitted to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) in a critical condition. As many as 19 passengers were referred to CMCH for treatment.

Almesh (26) died en route to the hospital. Other passengers who died include Nandhakumar (36), Prabhakaran (50) from Kolakombai; Dinesh (32) from Coonoor; Shanthakumari (55), Jaishree (49) from Bengaluru; Dharman (64) from Davis Dale in Ooty; and Moorthy (35) from Ooty.

The heavy rain the area hampered rescue operation by police personnel and emergency responders. Traffic from Coonoor to Ooty was diverted to Kotagiri to ensure ambulances had a free passage to and from the accident site. Ketti police said that investigation was on to ascertain the cause of the accident.
 

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