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Ambulance, Police Vehicle Meet With Minor Accidents While Carrying Remains Of IAF Chopper Crash Victims

Coimbatore: An ambulance, carrying the mortal remains of Coonoor IAF chopper crash victims, met with a minor accident near Mettupalayam in Tamil Nadu on Thursday.

The accident took place when a hearse service vehicle hit an ambulance while the bodies of Chief of the Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 others were being transported to Sulur airbase from Madras Regimental Centre in Wellington in a convoy of ambulances and security vehicles, the Deccan Herald reported.

The bodies were shifted to another ambulance immediately.

Another vehicle, which was part of the police convoy, also met with an accident near a turn on Parliyar Ghat road when its axle broke. The van driver stopped the vehicle and in the process hit a wall on the roadside. Seven policemen suffered minor injuries in the incident, the UNI reported.

The distance between the two places is 90 km and the journey takes over two-and-a-half hours. The bodies will be flown to New Delhi from Sulur airbase for the last rites.