COIMBATORE: As many as 19 people died on the spot when a speeding container truck rammed a Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus near Thirumuruganpoondi in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu in the early hours of Thursday.
The deceased included the bus driver.
Police said the bus was heading to Ernakulam from Bengaluru. There were 48 passengers in the bus. The accident happened on the Avinashi-Salem bypass around 3.25am.
Police said the container truck, laden with floor tiles, was heading towards Bengaluru from Kochi.
They said the driver of the truck might have slept at the wheels for a few seconds and lost control of the vehicle. The truck hit the median, entered the other side of the road and rammed the bus.
Kerala Police have urged relatives of the deceased to contact Palakkad SP G Sivavikram for further assistance. They have also released the contact numbers for the same – 9497962891, 9497990090, 9497996977.