Four of a family killed as bus rams car at Vaikom

Four of a family killed as bus rams car at Vaikom
The victims -- Vishwanathan, wife Girija, Vishwanathan's sister-in-law Ajitha and son Sooraj.

Kottayam: Four members of a family were killed as a bus rammed their car at Cherumchuvadu at Vaikom in Kerala's Kottayam district during the wee hours of Tuesday.

Udayamperoor native Vishwanathan, wife Girija, son Sooraj and Vishwanathan's sister-in-law Ajitha were the victims. They died on the spot.

The accident happened as the family was heading the towards the Velorvattom temple at Cherthala in the neighbouring Alappuzha district around 5.40am.

The bus ran over the car and hit a wall, before coming to a halt. The car was completely destroyed after it came under the wheels of the bus.

The Vaikom-bound bus rammed the car that entered the main road from a side street. It is suspected that over-speeding of the bus could have caused the accident.

The bus conducts services along the Vaikom-Ernakulam route.

The bodies are now kept at a private hospital at Vaikom.