Thirty Sabarimala pilgrims were injured, four of them seriously, in a road accident on Monday when a bus from Karnataka overturned on the NH-17 at Kakancherry near Calicut University in Malappuram district.
According to the Kozhikode Medical College hospital sources, the foot of a seven year old girl and lower arms of five other pilgrims had to be amputated in the emergency surgeries performed at the medical college. Since the foot of the girl Bhoomika and the hands of the other five pilgrims had been crushed, no inventory procedures other than the amputation could be done.
The lower arms of Nagarag (18), Ramraj (26), Lokesh (20), Manjunath (30) and Gurumurthy (37) were amputated as the bones and nerves were completely damaged in the gory accident and no other surgery was feasible for rectification of the broken arms.
The accident occurred around 9.00 am on Monday when the driver of the bus, carrying more than 50 pilgrims belonging to Bannerghatta near Bengaluru, lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve.
They were returning from the hill shrine after darshan. The injured have been admitted to Kozhikode Medical College hospital.
The zigzag curve at Kakkancherry is notorious for accidents with vehicles coming from two directions have narrow passage to travel and often can not notice the others coming from the opposite directions. Many accidents have taken place here previously. There have been vociferous protests from the local people against the shape of the road on a major national highway causing accidents.