Student inmates of Youth Hostel in the District Sports Complex near the Collectorate here had a miraculous escape on Saturday as a container lorry proceeding to Tuticorin from Namakkal rammed into the complex, damaging its ground floor.

The lorry, which was moving on the National Highway-7 slid into a rainwater channel on left side of the road, jumped into the service road and entered the sports complex.

It damaged the front gates of the complex and pierced the library building- cum-meeting hall.

The children, who stayed on the first floor of the building, were left speechless.

One wall of the building collapsed. The police pulled the lorry out of the damaged building which accommodates around 35 students.

The driver managed to escape, the police added.

The children, who stayed on first floor of building, were left speechless