VELLORE: It was a miraculous escape for about 35 students of a school after the left rear wheels of their school bus detached from the axle after one of the tyres burst while crossing Ramanur near Jolarpet in Tirupattur district on Thursday.
JTMS, a high school, has been functioning in Jolarpet since 2011, a police officer said. Currently, 400 students from more than 10 villages pursue education from kindergarten to Class X in the school.
The incident took place when the bus was heading to the school after picking up students from Mandalavadi, Ponneri and Chinna Ponneri villages. One of the left rear tyres of the bus burst, resulting in both tyres on the left rear side detaching from the vehicle. The driver, who lost control of the vehicle, managed to bring it to a stop after about 100 metres at Ramanur.
Fortunately, none of the students suffered injuries. Local villagers who witnessed the accident rushed to the spot and helped the stranded children, who were screaming for help in fear, get down from the vehicle.
Later, they were taken to school on another bus. The Jolarpet police were investigating.
When TOI contacted, Vellore chief education officer S Mars, he said, “Though the school administration failed to report the incident to the education department, we have ordered a departmental inquiry headed by the district education officer. Appropriate action would be taken against the private school administration.”Source: TOI