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Udupi: Car collides with auto rickshaw carrying school children, eight injured

Umesh Marpalli

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (MS)

Udupi, Mar 15: In an incident that occurred on the morning of Friday, March 15, on the service road of NH 66 near Santhekatte of the city, seven school children and the driver of the auto rickshaw, which was transporting them to school, got injured when a car collided against the rickshaw.

A Maruti Ritz car that was plying from Santhekatte junction to the city collided with the auto rickshaw, when it was trying to overtake another vehicle. Seven students, studying in two English medium schools of Kallianpur were injured in the accident. They were taken to Manipal hospital for treatment as per sources.

The driver of the auto rickshaw John was also injured in the accident. The front portion of the rickshaw was completely mangled in the collision.

City police visited the spot and conducted investigation.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    I can just comment that it was a lucky escape for the auto rickshaw driver John and the students who were in the rickshaw which was hit by a reckless car driver. It could have been worst as I saw the pictures posted by Umesh Marpalli of Daijiworld. God only saved all of them and we should thank him.

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  • Ganesh Kotian, Santhekatte

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    This has just become a ritual. 3 years back, 8 kids died when the tragic accident happened between Omni and a Car in Trasi, Kundapur. For few months Police imposed lot of regulations against Autos and other vehicles carrying school children. After that everything was back to 'normal'.

    Today again in an accident 8 school kids got injured in an accident near Santhekatte. Whom to blame? The auto drivers or parents or schools or police or district administration or government or the complete system? Fortunately kids are safe today, all are busy with election preparations hence nobody will care.

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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Dislikes on my comment below show the lack of awareness people have towards safety.

    We cannot control the minds of stupid drivers. They will do some stupid things while driving which will lead to an accident. But what we can do against this is, to have some safe vehicles for children.

    How many people are supposed to be carried in an auto rickshaw? is it 7 ?? so before disagreeing on my comment. i ask people put their brains to good use.

    All autorickshaws have to be banned from taking school children.

    They dont even have the most basic safety requirement i.e, doors!!!!!! in an event of a collision, there will be a high tendency for the occupants to be thrown around.

    Our traffic authorities are useless at their jobs. they will fine for shrill horns but they don't enforce the busses to close their doors. They also allow the buses to carry passengers standing!!!! in an event of an accident they will be thrown around inside the bus injuring others. Our roads are built in a haphazard way that the occurrence of accidents is inevitable. And for every accident, we tend to have only one solution i.e, speed breakers, which is a stupid solution in the first place. Next, our police who are most brilliant people on the face of this earth come up with a brilliant solution of their own, i.e, putting up barriers on the highway!!!!!! who comes up with solutions like these???? are we living in a retard land????

    If traffic authorities have any seriousness in their job, please enforce proper, sensible rules.

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  • abdul, udupi

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Right from the moment I step out of my house in the morning on my two wheeler and throughout the day when I am driving, I am extremely alert on the road.
    I have driven for 14 years in Dubai but never got scared. But in India. God Save!
    Even if I drive properly, there is no guarantee that the other will not bang me.
    Really pathetic road and unscientific signals, curves, approaching roads etc coupled with the nonsense driving art of our country.
    Jai Hind

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    School bus drivers, auto drivers who take children to school.. To be careful while transporting the children.. Now exams are going on. Take care of them.. Along with the parents of these children and others, I too thank god for saving these children.. (it reminded me last times bus tragedy...) 😭)

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Santhekatte circle the horrible circle ever I have seen, no clue from where to enter, from where to exit... It is not circle, it is death trap...

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  • Rao, Udupi

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Santhekatte Junction is a dangerous junction.

    There is total chaos in this junction.

    Bus stand, people crossing road, vehicle crossing, vehicle speeding in highway, Santhe market.. all are happening simultaneously there.

    When will the authorities wake up? Few deaths and many accidents have already occurred. They are waiting for whom?

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  • Sreekumar, Manipal

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Strict action against the car driver who was overtaking at reckless speed

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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019


    Why you ignore the serious lack of safety that autorickshaw provides. Autorickshaws need to be banned from carrying children.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    like school bus auto should be made to get special permit and display school children board...
    Auto should be painted in different color... no fancy color

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  • Paul, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    I support you in this ..
    This time you have given sensible comment.
    Yes i my point of view Auto's should be banned transporting kids
    There should be only mini buses with diffrent colour ( usually Yellow). With max kids to displayed.
    Even Maruthi omini are not safe.
    But unfortunatley we parents are not supporting this rule
    So what can RTO Nor police do nor administration

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Please Stop.
    Children are not Animals ...

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Thank god as kids are safe.

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  • J L Mangalore, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    We all know who were driving the car at that speed in service road...
    Any guesses???

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  • Anamadheya, Kodavooru, Udupi

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Car driver ?

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  • jhanavi, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Do you want anyone one to name the driver as Hindu or Muslim or a Christian.... foolish people like you create these difference. Who ever may be the auto drive or the car driver... bot were speeding and its the mistake from both side... the auto driver had to be careful as he is taking small kids... and the car driver has to drive slowly as well.. whats the hurry where they have to rush.. what will happen if 5 or 10 min late.... such kind of accidents may permanently take them up for trying to save just 5 or 10 min.... drive slowly... drive safely.. its good for all...

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