Kerala CM condoles bus mishap that claimed 21 lives

In a ghastly road accident, 21 persons were killed and around 20 injured when a container lorry carrying tiles collided with a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus on the Tiruppur-Avinashi six lane national highway at Avinashi in Tiruppur district, early today.Police sources said the dead included three women.Condoling the death of several people in the accident, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today directed two of his Ministerial colleagues to rush to the neighbouring State to coordinate relief operations.

He also directed the Palakkad district Collector to take necessary steps to provide medical aid to the injured andbring back the bodies of those from Kerala, the Chief Minister's Office said.Transport Minister A K Saseendran and Agriculture Minister V S Sunilkumar have been directed to rush to Tamilnadu to coordinate relief operations, the CMO said. It said it was in regular touch with Tirupur district administration and efforts were on to identify the bodies.