Two killed

Two persons were killed in a road accident involving a State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) bus and a mini goods carrier on the Tiruchi-Chennai national highway at Irur near Padalur on Sunday.

The deceased were identified as A.Velayutham (28) of Chinna Okkapatti in Madurai district and S.Francis (21) of Kanyakumari district. Police sources said the mini goods carrier was on its way to Madurai from Chennai when the Nagercoil-bound SETC bus from Chennai rammed the mini goods carrier from behind. In the impact, the goods carrier dashed against the centre median and Velayutham who was seated next to the driver was killed on the spot. Francis who was seated in the front row of the bus was thrown out of the vehicle and died on the spot. The bus driver G. Balaji (39) was arrested.