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Another girl dead in Mamam bus accident

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The bus accident at Mamam near Attingal claimed one more life, that of Aswathi, 16, of Oorupoika, late on Friday.

Aswathi is the second person to lose her life in the accident, after Aswathi N. of Vattaplamoodu, who was declared brought dead in the Government Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram soon after the accident around 5.30 p.m. on Friday.

Both, with the same names, were students of the same institution as well, that of the Industrial Training Institute at Korani, which functions under the aegis of the Department for Scheduled Castes Development.

A.P. Anilkumar, Minister for Tourism and Welfare of Scheduled Castes, said 11 students of the institute were injured in the accident.

Ex-gratia

The Minister on Saturday declared an ex-gratia of Rs.50,000 each for the kin of both the victims, while financial assistance ranging from Rs.15,000 to Rs.25,000 would be given for the treatment expenses of those injured.

Seven injured passengers of the bus are still in a critical condition, according to an MCH press release. Four of them were in the surgical ICU, while two – Sudheesh, 18, of Attingal, and Sethulakshmi, 18, of Kadavila, were in the critical care unit.

One person, Manikandan, 19, of Attingal, who underwent a neuro surgery, is in the trauma care ICU.

‘No mechanical defects’

Meanwhile, transport authorities who are probing the accident, are learned to have found no mechanical defects with the bus.

The police indicated that rash and negligent driving could have led to the accident, which saw the bus swerving sharply to avoid a two-wheeler and then crashing through roadside railings of the Mamam bridge onto the Mamam river’s banks around 30 feet below.

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