Three persons, including the driver, were killed and one seriously injured when the bus in which they were travelling rammed into a shopping complex here in the wee hours of Tuesday.
According to police, the private bus, belonging to a Kerala operator and plying on Thiruvananthapuram-Bangalore route, was on way to Thiruvananthapuram, with 21 passengers on board, when the mishap happened. As the bus approached the Karumarampalayam area on Uthukuli road in Tirupur, the driver tried to overtake the staff bus of a garment manufacturing company. In the process, the driver lost control and rammed the bus into the roadside building. The incident took place at around 12.30 am on Tuesday The driver, Raja, 39, from Thoppur of Dharmapuri district and two passengers, Ryan Savio Sharma, 23, from Alappuzha, and Fredric Leo, 37, from Chennai, succumbed to injuries.
Ryan is the son of the late Navalkumar Sharma, Blossom Villa, Factory Ward, Alappuzha. He is survived by mother Dalma Sharma and sister Tania.
While the rest of the passengers escaped with minor injuries, Abraham, 23, and Rabeek from Bangalore sustained serious injuries.
The accident completely damaged the front portion of the bus and destroyed a fish vendor’s shop and a mobile phone showroom, that were operating in the building.
On information, the Tirupur North police rushed to the spot and rescued the trapped passengers, with the help of the local residents. They were rushed to the Tirupur headquarters Government Hospital for treatment. Police sources said that the passengers had cautioned the speeding driver, but the latter continued to drive dangerously.
“Ryan, who died in the accident, spoke about the rash driving to his uncle during his mobile conversation, half an hour before the accident,” sources added.