At least 20 people died on the spot when a speeding container truck rammed a Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus near Thirumuruganpoondi in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu in the early hours of Thursday. The deceased included the bus driver.
As per reports, the bus was heading to Ernakulam from Bengaluru. There were 48 passengers on board. The accident happened on the Avinashi-Salem bypass around 3.25 am.
Police said the container truck, laden with floor tiles, was heading towards Bengaluru from Kochi. They said the driver of the truck might have slept at the wheels for a few seconds and lost control of the vehicle. The truck hit the median, entered the other side of the road and rammed the bus.