More than 52 persons were injured when a Thiruvananthapuram-bound KSRTC fast passenger bus lost control and crashed into a shopping complex near the Taluk Office junction here on Wednesday morning. The injured have been admitted to the nearby district hospital.

One of those injured, Harison, is critical. He was running a way side tea stall at the accident site. The bus crashed through the tea stall spilling the boiling water over Harison. Twenty of those injured were discharged after first aid. The remaining 32 have been admitted.

Eye witnesses said that the accident occurred when the driver of a private bus going in front of the KSRTC bus applied sudden brake to avoid colliding into an autorickshaw. This led to the driver of the KSRTC bus also applying sudden brake. It led to the bus losing control and crashing into the shopping complex.

Fire and Rescue Service personnel, assisted by the police and others who happened to be in the area, engaged in rescue operations. .