One person was killed and five others injured in an accident near Trichy on Sunday when a bus, trying to avoid a crossing motorcycle carrying three people, ran into a bus stop near Trichy on Sunday.
The incident took place at around 12.30 on Sunday afternoon, when a bus, owned by the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC), was moving from Trichy to Bodinayakkanur, near Theni.
As the bus approached Ramji Nagar, a motorbike with three persons on it allegedly tried to cross the road. In order to avoid hitting the bike, the bus swerved to the side of the road, thereby hitting the bus stop at the Ramji Nagar bus stop. The person driving the motorcycle lost control of the vehicle and all three fell to the ground. One person who was on the motorbike was killed in the accident and the other two men were severely injured.
When the bus rammed into the stop, three people who were standing at the bus stop were also injured. All the injured have been admitted to the Trichy Government hospital. The deceased has been identified as Madhu Kumar (46).
Ramji Nagar police conducted inquiries with the passengers and bystanders and have arrested the driver of the bus. He has been booked under sections 279 (Rash driving or riding on a public way), 337 (Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304A (Causing death by negligence) of the IPC.
In August, six persons were killed in the outskirts of Coimbatore when a speeding Audi car lost control and ran over people waiting for their bus in a bus stop. The car which was going to Pollachi from Coimbatore lost control near Periyar bus stop in Sundarapuram and mowed down six persons, injured two other bystanders and an auto rickshaw.
The car reportedly belonged to the owner of Raththinam College, Eachanari, Coimbatore. Eyewitnesses to the accident caught hold of the driver immediately after the accident, thrashed him and handed him over to the police.