Kundapur: Accident snuffs out two lives each from three families


Silvester D'Souza

Daijiworld Media Network - Kundapur (SP)

Kundapur, Jun 22: Among the families which are going through the agony of having to bear the loss of lives of eight children, two boys and six girls, three are inconsolable because they have lost two children each in the accident which occurred between a private bus and a Maruti Omni vehicle carrying school children to Don Bosco School near Movady Cross, Trasi, on national highway 66. The van that was taking a turn towards the school was hit by a private bus going to the town from the direction of Trasi on Tuesday morning.

Ancita, Alvita

Ananya and Nikita



Clarissa, Calista

 

Calista and Clarissa happened to be the children of Stevan and Rita Olivera from Moovattumudi. Stevan is employed at Dubai now, and the couple had got its first child after eight year of married life. Ansita and Alvita, children of Alwin and Reshma Olivera, who died in the tragedy, also happen to be relatives of Stevan. Alwin's son, Renvil, survived the accident with injuries. Alwin works at Bengaluru, while Reshma stays here and looked after the children. Nikhita and Ananya, children of Lloyd D'Silva and Marina D'Silva living at Sulse Cross near Hemmady, also became victims of this tragic accident. Marina, who had earlier served Don Bosco school as teacher, is currently serving another school.

After the collision, the bus dragged the Omni van to a considerable distance before coming to a stop, as a result of which the car hit a name board stationed by the roadside, and was badly mangled.

Out of the 12 injured, car driver, Martin Olivera, school teacher, Philomena, and two other children are being treated in a private hospital in the town. The other children are under the care of KMC Hospital, Manipal. All the deceased and injured students belong to Hemmady, Katbeltoor, Moovattumudi and surrounding villages. Although the school has its own bus facility, their buses do not visit these villages to pick students, and therefore, Martin Olivera used to pick students of these villages for school and again drop them off at their houses in the evening. Gangolli police sub-inspector, Subanna and other staff were involved with rescue operations and also giving a semblance of order to traffic chaos which was created after the accident on highway.

Sub-divisional officer, Ashwathi, deputy superintendent of police, Manjunath Shetty, Byndoor police circle inspector, Sudarshan, Byndoor block education officer, Nagesh Naik etc visited the spot, inspected the site, and tried to console the grieving families. The assistant commissioner felt that van in which students in excess of prescribed limit were being taken to school happens to be a private vehicle, and as such, action would be taken against the concerned.

A large crowd of concerned parents rushed to school after learning of the accident to ensure safety of their close ones and take them home. The entire school premises were enveloped with grief and gloom. The school had declared holiday on Tuesday.

When block education office Byndoor officials asked the headmaster of the school for details of the students travelling in the van, who lost lives in the accident and also information about the injured, there was verbal friction between the two side. When the school management insisted that the school does not have any details, education department officials took the headmaster to task.

People have been analyzing this grave accident and discussing ways and means in which an accident of such proportions could have been avoided everywhere in public places and inside houses. It is crystal clear that neither the educational institutions concerned nor department of education have taken imperative steps to seriously consider the issues concerned and take strict action, although such accidents have been happening often. There has been a habit of indulging in heated discussions for a few days after the incident, framing of guidelines, convening of meetings, and forgetting about them thereafter. It is also true that the parents too do not think hard about ways and means to ensure safety of their children during transportation. Many a time, financial considerations rule over safety concerns, and overloaded and relatively unsafe vehicles driven by inexperienced people are used for taking children to school.

The funerals of deceased children, Royston, Ananya, and Nikhita, are scheduled to be held at 4 pm on June 23 at Tallur church. The other five children will be laid to rest at Gangolli church at 11 am the same day.

Hemmady Bandh: All the students who perished in this ghastly accident hail from around Hemmady. Therefore, call for voluntary Hemmady bandh has been given on Wednesday. No shops, offices, and establishment in Hemmady will be operating on Wednesday. 

  

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  • Kevin , movathmudi

    Tue, Jul 12 2016

    The words such as "by gods grace " aren't the right words as even a single death of a kid would have been as painful as it is we have for losing 8 of them.
    So i believe it isn't a right thing yo be said

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  • Prashanth Ganiga, Navunda/Bangalore

    Thu, Jun 23 2016

    Very Shocking and sad news to hear.
    My deepest sympathy to parents and family.
    Let Soul rest in peace...

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  • Manoj, vamanjoor

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    very sad incident

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  • walter appos, Kuwait

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    MAY THEIR SOUL REST IN PEACE
    LITTLE Angels

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  • jamilahmed, udupi/qatar

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    It is a very tragic incident and heart rendering concern. However such incidents happen and slowly we all forget at a later date. In this context kindly remember it is no use to blame any department, but it is worthwhile to take necessary safety measures not repeat such incidents/accidents in future. How this can be achieved by the District Administration (DC) and School Authorities need to work out without any flaws (how silly it is) in this matter. The incidents can be categorized and every month such reports should be given to District Administration through DDPI. This way safety awareness will be imparted on students at a primary school level. Regular monthly meetings between parents and school authorities on safety awareness is a must. Hope to have a constructive look ahead plan son in future.

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  • Naik,

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    In Yesterday's news, i saw the pics of the bus. The bus appears to be a relatively shorter and smaller bus than the lengthy, heavier ones which ply between Mangalore and Udupi. If it was a heavier normal bus, the loss of lives would have been much higher. By God's grace, the accident happened with a smaller bus and 12 people could be saved.

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  • Simon , charkop kandivali mumbai

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    we deeply regret the tragical loss of school children and may they have rest in peace

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  • Eulalia Dsouza, Bijai/ Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Rest in Peace dear Angles, coz I have no better words in any vocabulary to say that. It is also impossible to even attempt to console parents who have lost children and worse is two children in three families.

    Many Comments read about Schools being responsible, few say Police dept is also responsible, few say parents are also responsible, few say vehicle. I do agree there are multiple people who are responsible for these kind of ghastly accidents. It is all a chain reaction after all. I am not taking any biased side.

    If school has a school bus, few parents still prefer private vans, for saving few minutes extra. If distance from home to school is walkable, we still need vehicles. What can schools do when parents want their way, most of the times. What can Police do, in this matter other than taking these vehicles to task. If all our drivers followed traffic rules, if all our Police personnel booked Traffic Offenders in the manner where they would be horrified with punishment, I am sure traffic would have been better.
    I have always watched these school vans with fear and shock, for reasons, their speed, their impatience on road for traffic snarls, their arrogance with fellow drivers on road & lastly number of children they carry in their vehicles.!! To earn a little extra buck, they put so many children inside vans , it is unbelievable at times. They always forget that they carry so many young lives of so many parents.!

    Come on people let us be more responsible citizens. Police dept kindly come down crashing on these offending drivers cancel their licenses, depending on gravity of offence.
    Traffic Police, You do this on war footing & am sure things might improve.

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  • Jason, Derebail / Stuttgart

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Will people ever develop more responsible? Doesn't seem to be.
    The only fail safe measure for this is make the driving tests and Issuing of licenses very very stringent.

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  • Rems, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    The report clearly mentions that even though the school has a bus, it does not go to far away villages. The practicality of running a school transport in rural areas and helplessness of parents is clearly understandable. Like in cities, there are not many options for those parents.

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  • stan, udupi/dubai

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    May their souls rest in peace. We can not bring back dead children, but will the authorities wake up from their sleep and do something so that in future parents will not loose their young children like these accidents.

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  • Shanti Pais , Hemmady /London

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Can't express my grievance and pain. These are my own people and, my near and dear ones. O God please give strength to the families to bear the loss. May the little angels rest in peace.

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  • jayakayanth, bangalore

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Tell me how may of people here known traffic laws. no one

    This should taught before taking driving licence like foreign countries. If you try to bring discipline by applying heavy fines.
    Forget it will not work in india.
    So nothing can be done. making tough driving licence rules will end up in political battle. driving in india all of us should expect for accidents.
    So please stop complaining. nothing is going to change. unless people them self should change that I will drive safely.
    Unscientific road design are biggest problems in india.

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  • Praveen, Udupi

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    This tragedy cannot be expressed in words...God give strength to the families. We trust in you Lord.

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  • THERESA LOBO, MUKAMAR,SHARJAH

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Very Sad. What a tragedy. Life and death is God's hand. May God give strength and courage to their Parents/Families near and dear ones to bear this loss. May their souls Rest in Peace.

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  • Sylvester, Mangalore/Uae

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Our system, irresponsible Transport departments,Transport minister, schools, drivers and lastly the parents are responsible this gruesome incident,
    There is no proper road/transport /Vehicle safety rules compare to other developed countries.Bus drivers behaving/Driving Very Rudely Because of our transport dept.

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  • Faraaz, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Ya Allah..may their soul rest in peace..How irresponsible are these drivers!It led to 8 innocent little lives.And the local bus drivers drive like they are in formula1 racing...Local bus speed limit should be reduced to 50km/hr.Then these accidents will be reduced.

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  • jeetendra hegde, mumbai

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Stuffing 20 children in a van with school bag is a big blunder of parents and RTO authorities...I think van driver is much more responsible for this accident and RTO should look into this matter very seriously...may God give the parents to withstand this loss...RIP...

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  • Rita D'Souza, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Innocent... Naive.... Angelic.... Absolutely faultless...... Cute smiling faces... There are more words but a strong lump rises in my throat and I can't think further.

    All I can say is RIP Angels. May you all rest peacefully in the arms of the Almighty.

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  • Kiran, Bangalore

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    I have one question to the Police Department.
    The omni in question was carry 17-18 kids to school daily. Did the police department bother to check and stop this practice of stuffing kids and transporting them to and from school. Every vehicle when registered comes with the number of seats permitted. Why did the RTO/Police not check. Is the concerned department willing to share the responsibility of this accident.

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  • John, Udupi

    Thu, Jun 23 2016

    Kiran, I have one question to you too!. Except aeroplane, which vehicle running on roads is carrying people as per the permit!?. Start from cycle to Volvo!!. Because of the population we cannot do this! Only solution is install speed governors in all goods and passenger carrying public vehicles. Lane discipline should be strictly imposed and violators fined/punished mercilessly. It should immediately start with all express and city buses, trucks, tankers in undivided DK.

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  • Kusuma Kumari G Nellore, Kodyadka

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    I suggest following
    1) keep speed limit of bus to less than 80
    2) Bright sign boards and lighting at accident prone areas
    3) Thorough check on school vehicles
    4) cancel licence for life of offenders
    5) Regular check for drunken driving
    6) Never compromise on road safety
    A tragic incident I have no words to describe this accident

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Good point.
    If even one of the above is made to work in India on war footing, our politicians wont be in legislature or parliament.
    They would be working in kitchen.
    This is India and nothing works. So it is gone case.

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  • RIAZ AHMED, MANGALORE

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un..very sad indecent..

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  • vikram, Dubai

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    WHEN WE WILL HAVE VERY EFFECTIVE & EFFICIENT LAW SYSTEM ?
    FIRST HANG THIS DRIVER, HE DOESN'T HAVE RIGHT TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD AFTER KILLING THOSE ANGELS... BECAUSE OF HIS UTTER NEGLIGENCE THEIR FAMILY HAVE TO SUFFER ENTIRE LIFE...NOW WHO COULD MAKE THEM TO COME OUT FROM THIS TRAUMA ?

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  • azmal , mangalore

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    No Word... RIP Little angels.
    May God give strength to the family overcome the loss of the loved little ones.

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  • Navin Shetty, Manipal/ Bahrain

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    This is such an incident which everyone wish shouldn't have had taken place. I'm so much hurt and sad after reading the news on Daiji yesterday morning.

    Our system, irresponsible departments, schools, drivers and lastly the parents are responsible this gruesome incident.

    To save a couple of hundred rupees why should we compromise with the lives of our beloved children?. Is this the way to send your child to school?, 17 students in a Maruti van? I'm asking a question to the concerned here, ever thought how your child sits in the car while traveling from home to school with such big and heavy school bags?, are they sitting or standing throughout their journey?. How painful was their daily journey to and fro?

    Schools should be responsible for picking up and dropping off the its students, not only taking donations in the name of upgrading or building new library or computer lab!. If the school is unable to buy a transport, there are hundred ways to get it. May be a ministry can help, an appeal on online forums like Daiji would prove helpful, NRI's like us can help...

    Now we can talk and give hundreds of advises, but these little children never come back. The pain mother now going through cannot be fulfilled by our comments.

    I pray almighty god this should never ever happened anywhere or to anyone. We can now only say RIP little angels, we lost you too early. You should have been to school today, tomorrow and live your life to the fullest but we lost you - All because of OUR MISTAKE and IRRESPONSIBILITY.

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  • Alwyn Johnson quadros, Shirva/Dubai

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    We pray God give strength to the parents to bear the loss.

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  • flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Sad and no words to express my grief over the death of these little angels !!!GOD BLESS THEIR PARENTS CANT IMAGINE THE PAIN THEY ARE GOING THRU WE WILL PRAY FOR ALL OF THEM

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  • John, Udupi

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Dear Police and RTO, Instead of coming alive only when tragedy like this takes place, why dont you make this safety a continuous process!?. All the express buses violate every traffic rule. Be it overspeeding, careless changing of lanes, moving in wrong lane, using of harsh horns, using of tape recorders inside buses with high volume, extremely less space between 2 seats etc etc.

    First Job is to install speed breakers on all buses and cap the speed at 60 kmph.

    second remove all horns and tape recorders from all buses and ban them from using at all.

    thirdly, Install GPS on all buses which help in tracking violations. Important is display in bold in every bus a phone number and SMS number which the passengers can use secretly in case the bus is violating any rule and the police have to act on it immediately.

    Please do these things and roads will automatically become safer. we dont want any more lives to be lost on road.

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  • Mahathma, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Heartfelt condolences to the family who lost their little angels, NO WORDS....RIP

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  • P. Shirish Kumar Hosabettu, Muscat, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    People's memories very short?

    They will forget the incidents with in few days.

    Even the related Officers promise lots on the spot but later situation will be same.

    We Indian always wake when incident happen, till that we keep quiet . Never go for precautions to avoid the incidence.

    We are regularly watching the over crowded local Buses, rash driving, no proper discipline in school compound etc etc.

    But no one takes action until anything happens.

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  • Judith , Mumbai

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    R.I.P. little angels. We adults have failed to provide you safety. everyone in mangalore knows how rashly the private bus drivers drive in this case even after hitting the van the ruthless driver didn't stop and dragged the van this shows they are absolutely ruthless and think they own the mangalore roads even if a passenger tells them to lower speed they will tell to get down high time action to be taken against this drivers legal case to be filed and see that they do not come out on bail. this will be lesson to other ruthless drivers. this is only way, no govt will come to help of aam admi.also speed breakers and signals to be installed at all turning and important point and RTO policemen who are busy taking bribes should be held responsible if they do not catch hold of law breakers. this needs to be implemented on war breaking also children to transported in better vehicles keeping colour code and capacity as important factor.

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  • nisha alexander, mangalore / kuwait

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    No words to express the agony, the lives lost of small little angels and life & dreams of parents are shattered forever. Its impossible for a parent to come out of grief with condolences... let Lord give all the strength to the family members & let these angels soul rest in peace..

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  • LIONEL, India

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    My Heartfelt condolences to all the victims of the family.
    May God give their families the strength to overcome the loss of their loved little ones.

    BAN PRIVATE TRANSPORT & IMPLEMENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT(KSRTC)

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  • KORWA MANGALORE, MANGALORE

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    SHOCKING NEWS FOR ALL OF US.
    ALL THE LITTLE ANGELS LOST THERE LIFE.
    BY SEEING THIS TRAGEDY OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN. HOW THE FAMILY MEMBERS AND RELATIVES WILL FEEL.
    LET US PRAY.... O LORD TAKE THE SOUL OF THESE KIDS TO YOUR KINGDOM.

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  • Sheldon , Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy. I can't find words to console the parents who lost their dear ones. Everyone says something could have been done after the incident. Why did these kids die? Why are other kids suffering for no fault of theirs? The guilty will be punished. Nevertheless, no matter what the system does, it's too late for kids who lost their lives.

    May God give strength to the families who lost their dear ones.

    May the Lord give strength to the suffering.

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  • arm, ksa

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Our children's are paying the price of unsafe driving. RTO one of the most corrupt dept. in India. Traffic Police is like Building Watchman, they do not have any network to monitor traffic movements. Infrastructure is of Adam Baba times, only development seen is on Vehicle Production and sale. No one is thinking where these vehicles will run, if the road is not sufficient it will simply run on anyone. Pathetic situation of India.
    Mera Desh Kistrah Badal Raha Hai, Kya Ye Badalna Hame Aur Hamare Bacchonko Kho Kha Jayegi.

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  • sri, Karkala

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    RIP...
    Praying for the quick recovery of the injured.
    One positive thing I am conveying to the families is that god is great.. Many people survived from this accident. That is a good thing because chance of surviving accident in omni with bus or truck is very minimal. Please praise the lord...

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  • Shameer, Abu Dhabi

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Very sad. RIP. May God give the family strength to overcome the loss of the loved little ones.

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  • krishna bhatt, mangalore

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    ರಸ್ತೆ ನಿಯಮ ಪಾಲನೆ, ಸಾಮೂಹಿಕ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿ ಅತೀ ಅಗತ್ಯ.ವಿದ್ಯಾವ೦ತರ ನಾಡು ಎ೦ಬ ಖ್ಯಾತಿಯ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗೇ ಈ ಗತಿಯಾದರೆ ತಿಳಿ ಹೇಳಲು ಬೇರೆ ಯಾರು ಬರಬೇಕು? ಏಸು, ಖುದಾ, ಅಲ್ಲಾ, ಈಶ ಎಲ್ಲವೂ ಒಬ್ಬನೇ ಆದ೦ತಹ ಶ್ರೀಮನನ್ನಾರಾಯಣ ಸ್ಮರಣೆಗಳು.

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  • JOHN, mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    dear officers/authorities, if this happened to your own children u would have understood the trauma and agony of losing children in a tender age. at least now on think and leave the greediness of money and work for the welfare of country/people, remove these private buses completely from mangalore/udupi and deploy govt. buses and then u can see the difference. and stop children transportation in autos and omnis.if they are travelling from villages better to travel in strong vehicles.wake up officers before again happening next time

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  • Kusuma Kumari Chitti G Nellore, Kodyadka and Nellore

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    no words !! The fact that bus took sometime to stop suggest that the bus driver was overspeeding. Lets punish the offenders I am feeling sad like anything.

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  • Naseer mehmood, Mumbai

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    @Kusuma nothing is going to change. These bus drivers are so arrogant and the fact they fear no police, they have no respect for traffic rules, this is because a majority of these buses are owned by local politicians. The rest I need not say anything because we all know.

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  • Nagarika, Mlore/Abu Dhabi

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Exactly...! School must have its owned vehicles to transport. As we can see in the city most of the school shuttle service done by private vehicles (white plate) which should be stopped.

    Anyway, we can pray Almighty to bless the departed soul with Haven and give the strength to the families to bear this utter shock.

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  • Charan Amin, Mlore/Dubai

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    I do agree that the private buses are over speeding. But in this case it looks like, it is the fault of the Omini driver. He was in a hurry to reach school as he is already late by fifteen minutes. Omini stuck in a mud road and locals helped to push it and then to start its journey towards school. While taking the right turn in the middle of the highway to enter another road he should have been very careful. Instead he misjudged the bus coming from front.

    Most of the accidents happens in India by not following the traffic rules, and no patience. We most of the Indians are taking everything for granted and later we mourn.

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  • Nancy, Belman

    Wed, Jun 22 2016

    Ketta mele bhuddi...

    Because of elders blunder, innocent angels lost lives.

    May Lord grant strength to the parents to bear this loss.

    Precaution is better than cure.

    when traffic signal is there only for a minute also, drivers loose their patience and even travellers.

    Oh Lord take the soul of these kids to your kingdom.

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