Schoolboy loses legs after bus-hitching stunt


A SECONDARY school student in Tamil Nadu lost both his legs after falling off a bus and getting run over, Malaysia Nanban reported.

Santhosh Kumar, a Standard 11 (SPM equivalent) student, was standing on the steps of the bus while on his way to school during the incident.

The conductor noticed this and asked the driver to stop the bus before forcing the boy to get off after an argument.

But as the bus took off, Santhosh hopped back onto the bus, standing on the steps again. He slipped and fell off the bus and was run over.

He was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and doctors had to amputate his legs below the knee to save him.

The bus driver and conductor were arrested following the incident.

However, labour unions representing drivers and conductors slammed the arrest.

They said that the driver and conductor had to resume the journey despite the dangerous act of the boy because other passengers were getting angry.

There were also no clear guidelines on what to do in such instances, they added.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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