Thiruvananthapuram

5 killed in car-bus collision

The mangled remains of a car that collided with a KSRTC bus near Karunagapally in Kollam on Wednesday.— Photo: C. Suresh Kumar

The mangled remains of a car that collided with a KSRTC bus near Karunagapally in Kollam on Wednesday.— Photo: C. Suresh Kumar

Five persons were killed in a head-on collision between a car and a Kerala State Road Corporation superfast bus on the National Highway at Vavakavu, near Karunagapally, in the district at 7.30 a.m. on Wednesday. All those killed were travelling in the car.

Four of them are from a family at Alamkode, near Attingal, in Thiruvananthapuram district. The car was taken on rent and the driver was also killed.

Those killed were identified as Shahida, 42, her daughter Shamina, 19, son Mohammed Haneesh, 16, and grandson Mohammed Ajmal, 4. The driver was identified as Nabeel, 21, from Alamkode.

Ajmal is the son of Shahida’s elder daughter who was not in the car. Shahida’s husband and Ajmal’s father are in Saudi Arabia.

The family hired the car, an Alto 800, to go to a relative’s house in Wayanad last week for celebrating Ramzan. They started their journey back home on Tuesday evening. The bus from Thiruvananthapuram was bound for Palakkad.

In the collision, the car got entangled under the bus. Local people rushed to the scene and started rescue operations. The car, which was badly mangled, had to be axed open to take out the victims. The police shifted the five to the Karunagapally Taluk Hospital where they were confirmed dead.

Some of the passengers in the bus suffered minor injuries. Eyewitnesses said the car and the bus were speeding at the time of the accident. There are also reports that the bus had hit another vehicle, lost control and collided with the car.

Traffic through the Vavakavu course of the highway came to a standstill for about two hours after the accident.

The bodies were handed over to relatives after post-mortem examination in the afternoon. Nabeel’s body was taken to Alamkode and the funeral rites were performed at the cemetery of the Alamkode mosque.

The other four bodies are kept at the mortuary of a private hospital in Kottiyam. Shahida’s husband and son-in-law will reach Alamkode on Thursday.


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