3 killed as tragedy strikes family returning after engagement

Dharmapuri (TN): Three women were killed and 23 others injured when a mini bus in which they were returning after an engagement function skidded and rolled down a ghat road near here on Saturday.

The bus packed with about 45 people fell down to a depth of 100 feet while proceeding on the ghat road at Malaiyur village, 39 km from here, police said.

The victims were returning home after attending the engagement of Srimathi of Sompatti village with P Dhanavel of Pudukarambai tribal village.

While a 60-year old woman was killed on the spot, another was declared brought dead and the third woman succumed to injuries at the government medical college hospital here.

The injured, including 12 women, were undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Police were searching for the driver of the bus, who fled the scene after the mishap.