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11 killed in bus-lorry collision

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, JULY 28. Eleven people were killed and over 25 injured, 10 of them seriously, when a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation bus collided with a lorry near Nidaghatta checkpost in Maddur Police Station limits in Mandya District on Saturday.

Seven people were killed on the spot and four died on the way to hospital. A father and his son from Kerala were among them. Nine victims were in the bus. The other victims, Mr. Manikanta and Mr. Mari Gowda of Hanur were travelling in the lorry.

Ten people, who were seriously injured, have been admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Accident Research Institute Hospital, NIMHANS and St. John's Hospital in Bangalore. Those who suffered minor injuries are being treated at Maddur Government Hospital.

Police said the bus was bound for Kozhikode from Bangalore. The incident occurred around 1.00 a.m. when the driver of the lorry, which was carrying jowar to Ramanagaram in Bangalore Rural District from Hanur in Chamarajanagar, lost control over the vehicle after its front tyre burst. The lorry swerved to the wrong side and the bus collided with it. The impact of the mishap was such that seven people were crushed to death instantaneously.

The bus driver, Mr. Surendran, who jumped out of the vehicle, had a miraculous escape. He suffered injuries in his right knee.

Police and the people, who rushed to the spot, put the bus back on its wheels with the help of a tractor and helped the passengers come out of it.

The passengers in the bus who were killed are: Ms. Rukminiyamma (16) of Wayanad, Mr. Mohammed (51) and his son, Mr. Riyaz (25), of Vengapalli, Mr. Mehaboob (18) of Kannur and Mr. Dileep Anthony, all from Kerala, and Mr. Hariprakash (38) of Bangalore and Mr. Sulaiman (58) of Mysore. Two victims were yet to be identified, police said.

Those admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Accident Research Institute Hospital were Riyaz (29) of Bangalore, and Ali (40), Radhakrishnan (28) and Balakrishnan (38) of Kerala. They are in the intensive care unit. Police said that six others admitted to the hospital and those in NIMHANS and St. John's Hospital were out of danger.

The Mandya District in-charge Minister and Minister of State for Finance, Mr. B. Shivanna, visited the spot and the Maddur hospital. The Maddur police have registered a case. They are on the look out for the lorry driver. It is said that some people, who were travelling in the lorry, are absconding. The Mandya District Additional Superintendent of Police, Mr. Ravi Kumar Naik, and other officers visited the spot.

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