Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bus Fells into Pipeline Trench in Ranni

It was a dreadful day for the people in Ranni who were out in their vehicles through Punlar-Muvattupuzha State highway. An unexpected heavy block in Ranni town yesterday really made the people sweat it out inside their vehicles. The block was caused as a passenger bus plying in the Ranni-Kozhencherry route unexpectedly fell into a trench near the Ranni bridge that was created while laying Ranni Major water distribution pipelines. The trench was not properly covered and this caused the bus' left side wheels fell deep into the trench. As a result the bus was in a sliding position and the passenger door was towards the trench which made it impossible to open.

The passengers started panicking and they were taken outside through the small door present near the driver's seat. No serious causalities were reported and the incident caused a huge road block and one could see a huge block on either side of the Ranni bridge. There were huge blocks till Ittiyappara on one side and similar block till MSHSS on the other side.  Fire Force officials with the help of a JCB finally managed to pull out the bus properly from the trench and Ranni CI: T Rajappan and SI: Lal C Baby also rushed to the scene.

Hope that this incident will open the eyes of the authorities and finally do something to cover the trenches properly. There are a lot of similar trenches on the road sides in Ranni and when it rains the trenches gets filled with water making driving and walking on the roads more difficult.

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