They hitch-hiked a ride on a goods carrier to school

Nineteen girl students who hitch-hiked a ride on a goods carrier to their school was injured after the vehicle and a tipper lorry collided head-on near Thiruengoimalai in the district on Wednesday.

The girls – all students of Government Higher Secondary School at Musiri – were from Kodiyampalayam village in Thottiyam taluk.

The police sources said the children were waiting for a bus in the afternoon when the goods carrier driver — Ganesan also of Kodiyampalayam village — stopped the vehicle upon noticing the girls and asked them get on board.

The girls hitch-hiked on the goods carrier and were proceeding to their school in Musiri when a Namakkal-bound sand-laden lorry coming from the opposite direction collided head-on with the vehicle.

In the impact, the goods carrier overturned and all the 19 students besides the driver and his wife Dhanalakshmi sustained injuries.

The driver of the sand-laden lorry fled the spot abandoning the vehicle.

Twelve among the 19 students were admitted to Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital, Tiruchi, while seven others were taken to Musiri Government Hospital.

The van driver and his wife were admitted to a private hospital in the city.

The Thottiyam police have registered a case. The sand-laden lorry driver has been named as the accused.

A few days ago, seven students in Pudukottai district who hitch-hiked on a mini goods carrier, died after the vehicle collided with a private bus on Pudukottai–Aranthangi main road.

Meanwhile, the District Collector, Jayashree Muralidharan, has ordered the confiscation of the goods carrier that transported the students.

She directed the police and transport department officials to conduct checks throughout the district and seize goods carriers found ferrying students and people, according to official sources.

  • The children were waiting for a bus in the afternoon

  • Driver of the goods carrier offered them a ride