Five persons, including a woman, were killed and 20 others injured when a private bus ploughed through some passengers of another bus which was parked by the roadside as its tyre was being replaced, police said.
The private bus was on its way from Payyanur to Pazhangadi in the district when the mishap occurred around 7.30 pm, 24 km from here.
The passengers of the other bus was waiting near the vehicle which was parked on the road after one of its tyres burst.
The driver of the private bus is absconding. The injured have been admitted to the Pariyaram Medical College Hospital.