Kerala: Five nursery kids, woman die as van slips into canal
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 18:31
Thiruvananthapuram: Five children and a woman attendant of a private kindergarten school died as their van fell into a canal at Chakkai area in the city on Thursday, police said.

While four children and a woman died immediately after the mishap, another child succumbed to injuries in the hospital in the afternoon, the sources said.

Three of the deceased were boys and two girls, who were on their way to their school in Pettah in the city.

The van lying half-submerged in the pollutted canal, carpeted with thick layers of 'African weeds', was first noticed by the crew of a bus that passed through the spot.

They immediately informed the police, who with the help of local people, plunged into the rescue work.

Three children and the van driver are under treatment at hospital and their condition was stated to be stable.

On examination of the mishap spot, police said their assessment was that the vehicle got swerved to a side on hitting a block of stone and plunged into the canal as there was no protective barrier between the narrow road and the canal.

Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan directed IGP B Sandhya to probe and submit a report on the mishap.

According to local people, the van used to pack as many as 15 children into it on most of the days. But today, there were only nine children besides the woman attender besides the driver in the vehicle.

Education Minister M A Baby said an inquiry would be ordered into the safety apsects of school vehicles.


First Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 18:31

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