Perumbavoor : A car carrying gulf employee and people accompanying to see him off at airport, crashed into a bus at Perumbavur killing 5 on the spot and injuring 3 others critically.
The deceased were identified as Jerin, Vijay, Unni, Kiran and Janeesh, while those hospitalised include Sujith and Jibin. All were Idukki Elappara natives.
The accident took place past mid-night on Thursday at Vallam in Perumbavoor.
According to witnesses the car attempted to overtake a timber truck and crashed into the approaching bus head-on. The bus was carrying Shabarimala pilgrims from Andhra.
The car was completely ravaged and it took rescue efforts to pull out the bodies and those injured.
The bus slid blocking the road horizontal from collusion impact.
Rains slowed down clearing operations and it took hours to pull the bus aside restoring traffic