Fourteen students of Vidyodaya School, Thevakkal, and their teacher suffered minor injuries when the bus in which they were travelling hit a tree on their way back home from Vagamon after a one-day picnic. The accident occurred at Pala-Ettumanoor road near St Thomas College at 8.45 pm on Saturday.
As many as 16 persons, including students and teachers, sustained injuries.
The bus, which was carrying 44 students, hit the tree while turning around a curve and toppled. However, injuries sustained by the students are not serious, police said.
The injured were admitted to a private hospital at Arunapuram near Pala.
The injured students are Adithya (18), Navanneth (18), Lintu Maria (16), Rosanna (16), Reshma (16), Shyam Madhavi (16), Anchu (16), Muktha (16), Anitha (16), Nisa (16), Parvathy (16), Nananeetha (16), Harun (16) and Adithya (18). They were all studying in Class-XI.Their teacher Anitha (36) and bus cleaner also suffered injuries. Several people rushed to the spot following the accident. Police personnel and locals led the rescue operations. Eyewitnesses said the accident took place due to speeding.
Officials of the school confirmed that no one was seriously injured.
“We are making parallel arrangements to bring the children back home,” school principal Esther Agnes said.
“I have spoken to the doctors at the hospital and everyone is fine. There is no need for worry or panic,” said P Sreekumar, executive trustee of the school. About 550 students of the school had gone on the picnic.
“The rest are on their way back,” Sreekumar said.