Palakkad / Thiruvananthapu ram / Kochi : Nine people , including five students , were killed after a private tourist bus hit a state – run KSRTC bus from behind at Vadak kenchery in Palakkad district , Kerala Road Transport Minister Antony Raju said on Thursday .
The minister said the accident occurred around 11.30 PM on Wednesday when the private bus , which was travelling at a high speed , while at tempting to overtake a car , hit the rear end of a Kerala State Road Trans port Corporation ( KSRTC ) bus . ” Both the buses went off the road as a result . Nine people , including five students and a teacher ; were killed in the accident .
The driver of the KSRTC bus told reporters that he was driving at a speed of around 40 km per hour when the private bus suddenly hit them from behind and he barely managed to control the vehicle and prevent it from falling into a ditch .
” The private bus hit us from be hind , ripped off a piece of our bus from one side and then went past us at high speed and toppled over , ” the KSRTC bus driver said . Visuals of the private bus showed a large piece of the state – transport vehicle inside the tourist bus . The tourist bus had start Senior Secondary School in Ernakued from the Baselios Vidyanikethan lam at around 7 PM on Wednesday with 42 students and five teachers for a pleasure trip to Ooty in Tamil Nadu .
Some relatives and parents of the students who went on the trip told media that the bus had arrived two hours late as the driver got delayed while returning from a trip to Velan kanni in Tamil Nadu .
The same was also confirmed by Raju when he spoke to scribes in Thiruvananthapuram .
The minister also said that the preliminary view was that the accident occurred due to the high speed of the private bus and the negligence of its driver . He said that according to in formation received by him , the bus was travelling at a speed of over 97 km per hour . The minister also said that the school had to mandatorily inform the Motor Vehicles Department ( MVD ) about the trip before proceeding with it and this had already been conveyed in writing to all schools in the state .