Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday announced a solatium of Rs one lakh each for the next of kin of the victims of Erode bus accident, in which eight people were killed.

Expressing grief, Ms. Jayalalithaa said in a statement that she had directed the Erode district administration and the hospitals, where the injured have been admitted, to ensure good treatment, adding, she prayed for their speedy recovery.

Ms. Jayalalithaa also announced as compensation Rs 25,000 each for those who had sustained serious injuries, besides Rs 10,000 each for those with mild injuries, all from the Chief Minister’s General Relief Fund.

Eight people, including three women and a child, were charred to death after a private bus and an aviation fuel - laden truck collided and went up in flames at Chithode near Erode in the early hours of Sunday.