Indian Man May Be the First Recorded Case of Someone Being Killed by Meteorite
A bus driver in India may have become the first recorded case of someone being killed by a hurtling meteorite, according to local media.
Kamaraj, 40, was hit by flying debris from space as he drank water on the campus of a private college in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, authorities said.
The explosion shattered windows at Bharathidasan Engineering College and sent students running in panic from classrooms, police said.
"A mishap occurred yesterday when a meteorite fell in the campus of a private engineering college," the chief minister's office said in a statement Sunday.
The bus driver's family and three injured people have been compensated by the government, the minister's office said.
The driver died while being transported to a local hospital.
Authorities initially thought the explosion had been caused by explosives being stored for a construction project.
But investigators later found pieces of a meterorite and have sent them for testing, authorities said.