NAMAKKAL: The cleaner of a private school van was killed and atleast ten children suffered injuries when the vehicle turned turtle at Vellaikanavai near Rasipuram in Namakkal district on Monday.
Police gave the name of the deceased as 28-year-old P Satheeshkumar, who was travelling on footboard when the vehicle flipped to its side, negotiating a sharp curve while ferrying students to the school. Of the 22 children travelling by the school van, ten suffered minor injuries and providentially there were no major casualties, the sources said.
The van driver Periyasamy, 42, allegedly due to over-speeding, lost control of the vehicle, leading to the mishap, police said, adding, the driver has been arrested.
Pelukuruchi police rushed to the spot and retrieved the body of the cleaner who was crushed to death at the spot and sent it for post-mortem at the Rasipuram government hospital.
It was pathetic to see the school bags of the children thrown around near the accident spot....