The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation's (KSRTC) RS 787 bus, which started its journey from Bengaluru to Kottayam Sept. 4, met with an accident at 10:50 p.m. on Sunday.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as John Kennedy of Palakkad depot, died in the accident, which took place near Dharmapuri-Salem in Tamil Nadu. All other passengers are believed to be safe and were asked to travel in an Ernakulam-bound Volvo bus.
"The accident happened in Tamil Nadu when a police officer tried to the stop a goods lorry that was on the right side of the road," an official at the KSRTC control board told International Business Times, India. When asked about the bus service back to Bengaluru from Kottayam on Monday, the official at Kottayam depot informed IBTimes India that they will make arrangements soon for the people who have already reserved the ticket.
"Kottayam bangalore volvo met with accident..... driver passes away.... police wanted to stop one goods lorry... the lorry applied sudden brakes.... our volvo hit from behind.... local people is on road blocking the police on NH and demanding district collector to come to the spot.... passengers are asked to travel in Bangalore-Ernakulam volvo...[sic]," reads one of the passengers' message sent to the admin of the KSRTC blog Aanavandi.
More details awaited.