New Delhi: Following the bus accident that took place in Tamil Nadu Thursday morning which claimed the lives of 19 people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences for the grieving families. He also hoped that the injured people recover at the earliest. Also Read - 20 Dead, Several Others Injured After KSRTC Bus Collides With Truck in Tamil Nadu

“Extremely anguished by the bus accident in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruppur district. In this hour of grief, my thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I hope those who are injured recover at the earliest: PM @narendramodi,” PMO India tweeted.

At least 19 people- 14 men and 5 women- Thursday died after a KSRTC bus going to Kochi collided with a lorry at Avinashi town in Tamil Nadu. Of the 48 passengers in the bus, 19 died on the spot and remaining sustained injuries.

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

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.

Shortly after the incident, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan had instructed District 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 had said.