Reacting to the mishap, Joseph said, "It was a straight road. We couldn't anticipate this. We didn't even see them coming onto the road. They were hit and thrown back with the force."
Meanwhile, a case has been registered against the car driver under sections 279 and 304 (A) of IPC for rash and negligent driving. Moreover, the minster, who was to catch a flight to Delhi to meet Prime minister, has cancelled his trip.
Protests broke out near Kochi against the incident where protesters blocked traffic on the National Highway.