Kalpetta: In a hair-raising accident, 22 passengers and bus crew had a miraculous escape after the bus hit the concrete railings while climbing the ninth hair-pin bend on Thamarassery ghat road here.

Fortunately, the bus stopped after hitting the concrete railings. Otherwise, it would have fallen to the 1000 feet gorge. Forty percent of the bus’s body, including the front wheel and door, was leaning out of the road to the gorge.

busThe accident happened during night. After the mishap, the passengers were taken to safety through the back door. It is learned that the driver dozed off at the wheel leading to the accident.   

The bus started its journey from Sulthan Bathery depot at 6.45 am on Friday to Thodupuzha. It started its return trip from Thodupuzha at 6.15 pm. The bus was about to reach Bathery at 2 am on Saturday morning.

The bus was lifted from the accident spot with the help of a crane and taken to Kalpetta depot.