The bus fell into the gorge in Nilgiris district after the driver lost control and locals, police, and fire and rescue services rushed to the scene.
At least eight people were killed and many injured when the tourist bus they were travelling in fell into a gorge in this hilly Nilgiris district on Saturday, 30 September, police said. Among the deceased were four women and a minor boy, they added.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin expressed anguish over the deaths and announced cash relief to the kin of the deceased.
The victims hailed from Kadayam in Tenkasi district and they were returning home when the incident happened.
The bus fell into the gorge after the driver of the vehicle lost control and locals, members of the police department, and fire and rescue services rushed to the aid of the victims and rescued the injured.
The bus toppled in the incident and the rescue workers were seen using ropes to get down to the ill-fated vehicle and reach out to the passengers.
Most of the injured persons have been sent to nearby Coimbatore for medical treatment.
Expressing concern over the accident, Stalin expressed his sympathies to the kin of the victims.
He announced a relief of ₹2 lakh each to the families of the deceased and ₹1 lakh to those under treatment with grievous injuries.
நீலகிரி மாவட்டத்தில் சுற்றுலாப் பேருந்து பள்ளத்தில் விழுந்து ஏற்பட்ட விபத்தில் உயிரிழந்தவர்களின் குடும்பத்தினருக்கு ஆறுதல் மற்றும் நிதியுதவியை மாண்புமிகு முதலமைச்சர் @mkstalin அவர்கள் அறிவித்துள்ளார். pic.twitter.com/g0pIxhZtb9
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In a statement, he said that ₹50,000 would be provided to those who had suffered minor injuries. He directed special treatment for the injured.
The Chief Minister said that he has deputed Tourism Minister K Ramachandran to oversee the rescue and relief work.
Meanwhile, the district administration has set up a phone line —1077 — regarding information about the accident. Information will be also available on 0423-2450034.