Two babies among 5 killed as bus hits bikes in Salem

The two families were travelling behind a slow-moving truck near the government higher secondary school at Sukkampatti village when the accident took place.
The private bus that struck two two-wheelers from behind
The private bus that struck two two-wheelers from behind(Photo | Express)

COIMBATORE: Five people, including two children, were killed when a private bus hit two bikes on which they were travelling at Sukkampatti village in Salem on Wednesday morning.

Veeranam police said R Murugan (30), a land surveyor in Krishnagiri district, his wife Nandhini (25), their one-year-old son Kavin were travelling on one of the two-wheelers. Lakshman (35) a resident of Poovanur, was travelling on the other two-wheeler to attend the marriage function of a relative, with wife Vedhavalli (28) and children Chinna Durai (6) and Dileep (4). Vedhavalli was also holding her sister’s 11-month-old daughter Rituvika.

The two families were travelling behind a slow-moving truck near the government higher secondary school at Sukkampatti village when a private bus heading to Salem from Achankuttapatty hit both bikes from behind. Murugan, Nandhini and Vedhavalli were killed on the spot and Kavin died on the way to the hospital. Rituvika died without responding to treatment.

Stalin announces Rs 2 lakh solatium for deceased’s kin

The victims were taken to Salem Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital. The accident was caused by rash driving of bus driver, who fled from the spot. “We have been probing with bus owner.

Driver told the owner that he had applied brakes but it failed and the bus rammed the bikes,” Veeranam police said. CM MK Stalin announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh for those injured in the accident. “I was deeply saddened on hearing the deaths and I extend my deep condolences to the bereaved families,” said the Chief Minister.

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