A school bus carrying 16 students of St Johnâ€™s School lost control and rammed into a tea shop at Keraladipathyapuram near Mannanthala in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. One person was killed and 19 others sustained injuries.
The deceased has been identified as 53-year-old Sukumaran Nair from Mukkolakkal. According to The Hindu, although he was taken for an emergency surgery, the doctors could not save him. He died at 8.15 pm on Friday.
All the injured have been taken to the Medical College Hospital. The students in the bus are aged between 13 and 16 years.
Sukumaran was standing next to his scooter when the bus rammed into the shop. Hrishikeshan Nair, who was standing along with the victim, was critically injured.
While all students in the bus escaped with minor injuries, Soman, the bus driver, too, was badly injured in the impact.
Both Hrishikeshan and Sukumaran were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), but are reported to be stable.
The bus that belonged to the Sarvodaya Vidyalaya School, Nalanchira, were carrying students from St John's School, from the same campus.
Minister Kadakampally Surendran has asked the Medical College superintendent Dr M Sharmmad to ensure full treatment to the injured. Health minister KK Shailaja, too, has given instructions to give free treatment to everyone injured in the accident.
The accident took place in the evening â€“ around 4.45 pm â€“ when Soman lost control of the school bus and turned towards the tea shop. People in the shop ran away for safety but Rishikeshan and Sukumaran were stuck in front of the bus.