India Officials Claim Meteorite Took Out Bus Driver

In Tamil Nadu, the sixth largest state in India, officials say a meteorite crashed into an engineering college resulting in an explosion that killed one man and injured three others. Some scientists are questioning that conclusion, which if true, would be the first ever recorded instance of a meteorite killing a human being. The first person ever confirmed to non-fatally be hit by a meteor was American Ann Hodges in 1954.

A softball-sized black rock left a big bruise on her thigh. Scientists closely watch big rocks closing in on earth, and generally warn when they think enough of one will make it thru the atmosphere. Policemen say the one that landed on bus driver Kamaraj (well, close enough) left a 5-foot deep, 2-foot wide crater. The rock is being analyzed.

ABC’s Tom Rivers joined us from London, England.