Tragedy @ Meenachil River

I suppose most of you in Kerala and most Malayallees living outside the state have heard about the tragic bus accident – when a private bus carrying 40 passengers plunged into the Meenachil river at Kottayam yesterday. Ten persons, including four women and a child, drowned along with the bus conductor. A rescue worker also collapsed and died on the scene.

The private bus, overturned after hitting the electric post and fell into the Meenachil River at Thazhathangadi, near Kottayam, yesterday afternoon. The incident occurred at around 2.15 pm when the driver of the bus, coming to Kottayam from Cherthala in Alleppey district, was seen giving way to a vehicle passing by and hit the electricity pole on the roadside. Most of people were rescued by the villagers, who rushed for their help after witnessing the incident. Besides, the local country boat operators plying in the region rushed to save people, which prevented it from becoming a major mishap.

The whole state mourns the tragic death of those who perished in the accident.

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