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Feb 20, 2020
9:02PM

Tamil Nadu: 20 die in road accident at Avinashi near Tiruppur

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In Tamil Nadu, the death toll has gone up to 20 in the major accident at Avinashi near Tiruppur that took place early in the morning today.

Twenty three people, who were injured in the mishap, are admitted into nearby hospitals. The mishap was caused when a truck originating from Kerala loaded with tiles collided head on with a Kerala-State run deluxe bus coming from Salem in the opposite direction.

The bus was on its way to Ernakulam. The fire service personnel rushed to the scene and rescued the passengers. The bodies of the deceased passengers have been retrieved and sent for autopsy. Five others who sustained minor injuries have left for their homes.
So far, the bodies of all but one passenger have been identified. All of them are known to be from Kerala. The Tiruppur District Administration has established a helpline with the mobile number 7708331194.

Two Ministers from the neighbouring state and a team of officials have visited Tiruppur and are rendering assistance to the families of the victims.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his condolences to the families of the victims over the death. In a tweet, he has wished speedy recovery to the injured.

Meanwhile, in another accident at Omalur in Salem district early this morning, a tourist van from Nepal and a Kerala-bound omnibus coming from Bengaluru collided against each other. In the incident, five people including two women were killed on the spot and two more died in hospital.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy has expressed grief over the accident. In a statement he said, he has directed the authorities in both the districts of Tiruppur and Salem to provide the best possible medical treatment to the injured and all assistance to the families of the victims.

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