Six lives, four of them of two-wheeler riders, were lost on the roads of Alappuzha in separate accidents on Tuesday.
The first accident occurred near Changanassery Mukku, where the Alappuzha-Changanassery Road joins the National Highway-47, at 4.15 a.m. when the two-wheeler on which Monu Thomas, 19, of Chengannur and Piyush Mathew, 28, of Kainakary, were travelling, lost control and crashed into a roadside electric post. The two were on their way to work and are believed to have not seen a speed hump, which caused the bike to go out of control. Though both were rushed to hospital, their lives could not be saved.
In the second accident, which occurred at Valavanadu near Cherthala on the NH-47, four people died after a motorbike collided with a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus at around 11 a.m..
According to the police, the motorbike, which was headed towards Cherthala, is believed to have been overtaking another vehicle when it collided with the Alappuzha-bound bus. The bike had three persons on it, two of whom were killed on the spot and the third, at the Kottayam Medical College at around 4.30 p.m.. The three were identified as Mithun Thampy, 20, of Palluruthy in Ernakulam, Shravan, 20, of Cherthala, and Honeylal, 20, of Aryad in Alappuzha.
The fourth person to die in the bike-bus collision was the bus conductor N. Prasad, 36, of Thycauttussery near Cherthala. Prasad was standing near the bus-door, issuing tickets when the collision took place. He lost balance and fell onto the door and from there onto the road. He hit his head and died instantly.