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Vadakkencherry: The final report of the Motor Vehicle Department over the Vadakkencherry bus accident claimed that overspeeding of the tourist bus and the KSRTC bus stopping at the curve caused the mishap, which claimed the lives of 9 passengers. After winding up the probe, MVD submitted the final report to the transport commissioner.
Serious lapses from the part of the tourist bus driver has been noted as the major cause of the accident in the report. At a speed of 97.7 kilometre per hour, the tourist bus carrying school students rear-ended the KSRTC bus and overturned on October 5, 2022 midnight. The investigation had been going on under Enforcement RTO MK Jayesh Kumar.
Major findings of MVD
- The tourist bus had passed Panniyankara toll plaza 3 minutes after KSRTC bus passed the same toll plaza
- After the bus entered the highway and covered 2.5 km, a passenger created a ruckus by demanding that he had to deboard in Anchumoorthy Mangalam.
- KSRTC bus halted near a curve to drop this passenger. While slowly resuming journey, the tourist bus, which approached at a high speed without slowing down at the curve, hit the rear side of the KSRTC bus.
- Adequate street lights were absent in the accident spot.
- KSRTC driver could not realise anticipate roadside while halting the bus due to the absence of line markings on the road.
- The absconding of tourist bus driver following the accident is an offence.