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Five killed in separate incidents on highway

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Five of the injured admitted to Madurai GRH

UNFORTUNATE:The mangled state transport corporation bus, which collided with another bus near Vedalai in Ramanathapuram district on Monday.— Photo: L. Balachandar
UNFORTUNATE:The mangled state transport corporation bus, which collided with another bus near Vedalai in Ramanathapuram district on Monday.— Photo: L. Balachandar

: Five persons, including the driver of a State Transport Corporation bus, were killed and 17 others injured in two separate incidents on the Ramanathapuram-Rameswaram National Highway 49 on Monday.

Police identified the victims of the fist collision between two buses at Vedalai near Mandapam as bus driver Kartheeswaran (40) from Madurai and two passengers — T.Ganesan (50) from Pattukottai and an unidentified woman. They were crushed to death when the buses collided near Vedalai near Mandapam.

One of the buses was going to Thanjavur from Rameswaram and the other was proceeding to Rameswaram from Madurai when the collision occurred at around 10 a.m., the police said. Madurai-Rameswarm bus driver Kartheeswaran and Ganesan, a passenger of the Thanjavur-bound bus, died on the spot, while the woman, also a passenger of the same bus, whose two legs were severed in the impact, died on the way to hospital, the police said.

Five of the injured were admitted to the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai, while the others were admitted to the district headquarters hospital here, the police added. In the second incident that happened at Akkalmadam near Pamban, Royappan (35) and Johnson (27), both from Thangachimadam, who were riding a two-wheeler, were killed when a van hit their vehicle.

The victims were returning to Thangachimadam from Pamban, police said.

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