Three school girls were fatally knocked down by a State Transport Corporation bus in Sakthi Nagar on Perundurai Road here on Wednesday night. They were trying to cross the road when the bus hit them, killing one of them on the spot, witnesses said. Another girl died on the way to hospital.
The third girl breathed her last in hospital. Swathi, Sri Sakthi (standard XII) and Renuga Devi (standard X) were all residents of Erode.
Tension prevailed at the accident spot as residents of nearby colonies and relatives of the dead resorted to road blockade condemning the police for their failure to check rash driving on roads in Erode town.
Police and revenue officials pacified the agitators.