Staff Reporter

Sixteen persons with grievous injuries under treatment

A marriage party was returning to Nagercoil from Tirunelveli

The van had a head-on collision with an omni bus

TIRUNELVELI: Death toll in the road accident at Muthusamypuram near Valliyoor on the busy Tirunelveli – Nagercoil National Highway on Sunday night rose to eleven in the early morning of Monday with one more woman succumbing to injuries in the Kanyakumari Medical College Hospital at Aasaaripallam in Nagercoil.

Sixteen persons with grievous injuries have been admitted to the hospital.

The deceased have been identified as R. Lalitha (45) of Vaidhyanathapuram near Nagercoil, A. Nila (25) of Vattavilai, F. Abdhul Rahim (38) of Vattavilai, A. Fatima (4) of Vattavilai, S. Vijaya (32) of Vaidhyanathapuram, H. Sudha of Vattavilai, H. Jaya alias Subaida of Vattavilai, van driver V. Vignesh (25) of Parappuvilai, omni bus driver Chockkalingam (50) of Nallur in Salem district, Shiney and Backyalakshmi.

According to police, a private omni bus, proceeding from Thiruvananthapuram to Bangalore dashed around 9.45 p.m. against a van, in which a marriage party was returning to Nagercoil after the function was over at Tirunelveli.

As four-laning of the national highway's Muthusamypuram – Kanyakumari section has been resumed after lengthy delay, vehicles going via Muthusamypuram on both directions were being diverted on the same lane for about a distance. As the van driver V. Vignesh (25) of Parappuvilai near Nagercoil tried to overtake a lorry in a turning, the van had a head-on collision with the omni bus coming from the opposite side, the police said.

On getting information about the tragic mishap, Superintendent of Police Asra Garg rushed to the spot and was present there to monitor the rescue operation and the resumption of normal vehicular traffic. As the police did a commendable job by rushing all the seventeen injured to Kanyakumari Medical College Hospital in time in the available vehicles, sixteen grievously injured could be saved.

Kanyakumari District Collector Rajendra Ratnoo visited the victims in the hospital.