Pamba Valley bus accident toll mounts to 14

via PNS | Kottayam published on February 18, 2009



The
death toll in the bus accident at Kannamala, Pamba Valley on Tuesday
morning rose to 14 on Wednesday with the death of two of the 42 injured
Sabarimala pilgrims at the Medical College Hospital, Kottayam. Doctors
said the condition of two more injured persons was critical.

Those
who died on Wednesday were identified as Sesharatnam (63) and Lakshmi
(60), District Collector P Venugopal said. The bodies were being sent
to their native place in West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh after
postmortem.

Twelve Sabarimala pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh,
including ten women had died and 42 others were injured on early
Tuesday morning when the bus they were traveling on fell into a
100-feet deep ravine. Nine persons had died on the spot. The bus was
carrying 61 passengers. .The spot where the accident took place was
known as a danger zone and sharp turns with the road winding through
inhospitable hills. This accident was the ninth tragedy to occur at the
spot in the last three months since the start of Sabarimala pilgrimage.
Eight Ayyappa devotees were also killed at the same spot during the
last Vishu pilgrim season.

The group of pilgrims who met with
the tragedy was from the Good Shepherd School in West Godavari, run by
Malayalee management. They were guardians of the students of the
school, and they had left their place on Friday pilgrimage. Their
destination was not Sabarimala alone, and all of them were not planning
to visit the Lord Ayyappa shrine. There were several young women in the
group.

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