Sunil, who undertook contracts for interior works, was returning to Ernakulam after some work at Thiruvananthapuram, along with three others, when the accident occurred, police said
The four youngsters were returning from Karnataka in a car which they had purchased in Bengaluru. Their uncle and three other relatives were travelling ahead of them in another car.
All three victims are natives of Alappuzha.
The deceased are identified as Nasar, Zubair, Muhammed Saheer, Hasanar, and Thahir, all from Cherpullasserry in Palakkad.
The bus was heading towards Thiruvananthapuram while the lorry was going in the opposite direction towards Venjaramoodu.
Road accidents claimed a total of 385 lives in the district in 2017 while 402 persons succumbed to accident injuries in 2016
The officials have identified 36 accident-prone zones in Kasargod district, but nothing particular has been done to keep the speeding vehicles in check.
Be it unscientific alignment, lack of width of roads, rash driving or scant regard for rules, fatal mishaps are a daily occurrence. Express examines