It has been 25 years since the Chepat Level Cross tragedy, which took the lives of 36 people from Evoor, a small village near Kayamkulam. It seemed as 41 guests of the wedding party were bored on the bus.
The bus was hit by a push-pull train. The tragic incident took 36 innocent lives, including children. Five people miraculously saved themselves. The collision occurred on 96-May 14th in the afternoon.
A collision occurred between a rail-gate in Kayamkulam and Alappuzha, and the wedding guests’ bus was at an unguarded level crossing. It is a half-kilometre walk from the Chepad railway station.
The victims were returning from Nediyavila after attending the wedding of Soman. Groom Soman’s mother, Gauri, and brothers Madhu and Radhakrishnan also died in the accident.
A dispute arose that the bus driver could not see the train due to the tree covering the view and that the bus accidentally stopped on the track. The bus driver died instantly, and this hasn’t been clarified. The Mavelikkara courthouse has given an order for compensation to the disaster victims, those who died and those who were wounded.
The Chepad train tragedy opened the eyes of the railway authorities to appoint more guards on the busy railway tracks along the coast.