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37 injured in multiple collision

Staff Reporter

Two buses and a car suffer major damage in accident


City bus driver applies brake suddenly as two-wheeler moving ahead stops without warning

Police mobilise ambulances to carry the injured to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital


PHOTO: S.SIVA SARAVANAN

Heavy damage: A view of the mofussil bus that collided with a city bus at Sungam on Tiruchi Road on Wednesday. –

COIMBATORE: Thirty-seven people were injured in a multiple collision involving two buses and a car, near Sungam on Tiruchi Road in the city on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the police, a city bus from Vadavalli to Ondipudur was moving towards Sungam, followed by the mofussil bus from Coimbatore to Tirupur.

A two-wheeler rider who was ahead of the city bus suddenly stopped, forcing the city service bus driver to apply the brake suddenly.

Unable to brake immediately, the mofussil bus rammed into the rear of the city bus. And, a car rammed into the mofussil bus. All the three vehicles suffered major damage.

Injured

Passengers in both the buses sustained injuries on their hand, face and were seen bleeding profusely. The injured waited on the road side for about 20 minutes for the ambulances to arrive.

With the help of three ambulances mobilised by the city police as many as 36 injured passengers, including 17 women were rushed to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH), while one was admitted to a private hospital. A few passengers were unable to get out of the shock and pain.

The mofussil bus' driver K. Vellingiri who sustained injuries on his left leg said that he had to apply the brake since the city bus stopped suddenly. But onlookers said that if the mofussil bus had maintained a safe distance, the accident could have been averted.

Traffic hit

The incident held up traffic on this busy stretch for over half-an-hour. Police personnel rushed to the spot to clear the traffic by around 4 p.m.

A huge amount of smashed glass lay strewn across the road. People in that area removed it to enable restoration of traffic.

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