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The passenger had suffered serious injuries in the accident that happened four years ago during his bus journey to Puducherry from Chennai.
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The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation has been ordered to pay a compensation of Rs 31.5 lakh to a passenger who was injured in an accident that took place on the East Coast Road (ECR) four years ago. 

According to the petitioner, S Guruprasad, the bus was heading towards Puducherry from Chennai when it rammed into a truck near Krishnankaranai. The petitioner also stated that the bus conductor and one other passenger died in the accident and many others were injured in the accident, which was caused due to rash driving by the bus driver, as per reports

The TNSTC, however, responded to the petition by stating that the accident was caused due to the negligent act by the driver and hence the Transport Corporation cannot be held liable for the deaths and injuries or for offering monetary compensation.

During the proceedings, the tribunal perused that the FIR that was registered after the accident and also recorded oral submissions from the passengers who were inside the bus and held that the driver’s rash driving caused the accident. The Tribunal also observed that the petitioner himself was severely injured in the accident and underwent treatment for over a year and also had to endure four surgeries. 

The Tribunal also read through the petitioner’s medical records and considered his elbow injury as 50% partial permanent disability. It also considered that he worked as a sales executive when the accident occured and based on his earnings lost and other factors, the Tribunal held that Guruprasad was eligible for compensation. Based on Guruprasad’s age at the time of accident, the Tribunal ordered that TNSTC was liable to pay Rs 31.5 lakh as relief to the petitioner for his suffering due to the accident.