New Delhi: At least 20 people – 14 men and 6 women – on Thursday died an over 28 people were injured after a KSRTC bus going to Kochi collided with a lorry at Avinashi town in Tamil Nadu. Also Read - After Kerala Transwoman is Harassed For Selling Biryani, The Internet Comes Together to Help Her

As per news agency PTI, of the 48 passengers in the bus, 19 died on the spot and remaining sustained injuries. The survivors were reportedly shell-shocked due to the magnitude of the accident that has not happened in the state in the recent past. Also Read - Bengaluru Riots: Crime Branch Chargesheet Names Two Congress Leaders For Instigating Violence

The bodies have been taken to Tirupur government hospital. Also Read - In a First in India, Kerala Woman With Rare 'Pompe' Disease Delivers Healthy Baby in Kochi Hospital

As per reports, the incident is known to have taken place when a Kerala state government bus collided head-on with a container lorry near Tamil Nadu’s Avanashi town in Tirupur district.

The bus was going to Thiruvananthapuram from Bengaluru, while the lorry was coming from the opposite direction on the Coimbatore-Salem Highway when the mishap occurred at 4.30 am, police said. The lorry driver, identified as Ernakulam native Hemaraj, was arrested later.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Palaniswami, and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoled the deaths.

CM Pinarayi Vijayan has instructed Dist Collector of Palakkad to provide emergency medical care to the victims of the accident. Procedures to identify the deceased are in progress, Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) Kerala said.

“All possible relief measures will be taken in cooperation with the government of Tamil Nadu and the District Collector of Tirupur,” it added.