7 school kids, van driver die

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Pudukottai: Seven school students and the driver of the milk van in which they were travelling were killed on the spot in a head on collision with a speeding private bus here on Wednesday while two students and the cleaner of the van were critically injured.
 
Hailing from Vijayara­gh­unathapuram village, Kai­ku­richi panchayat, school children had hitched a ri­de with the van to reach the government higher se­condary school at Valla­thi­rakottai on  Pudukottai-Arantha­ngi road. 
 
The accident happened about half a km away from school. The students who died are Sivakumar (17), Mathia­zh­a­gan (17), Vishnu (17) Sa­thya (17),  Arunkumar (14), Mani­kandan (14), Naraya­­na­­samy (14) and Arumu­gam (32) the driver.
 
The police sent the bodies for a post-mortem and the injured were admitted to Pudukottai General Ho­spital. They were later referred to the governme­nt hospital in Tiru­chy. 
 SP Uma, who visited the spot, mobilised the rescue operation.

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