20 people have sustained injuries when a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus in which they were traveling lost control and overturned into a roadside canal at Komangalam near Vriddhachalam in the district on Monday.
According to the police, the bus carrying about 40 passengers was proceeding to Vriddhachalam from Seppakkam village. When the bus neared Komangalam, the bus driver Saravanan, 40, swerved to the right to avoid hitting a minivan coming in the opposite direction. However, he lost control and the vehicle plunged into a roadside canal and overturned. Local residents rushed to rescue the victims trapped under the vehicle.
The injured are admitted to Virudhachalam General hospital, where the condition of a few is stated to be serious.
Tamil Nadu Transport Minister S.S. Sivakumar, who was passing through a nearby area, reached the spot and made arrangements for the ambulances, and spoke to the doctors at the Virudhachalam general hospital.