Ten members of a family hailing from Bangalore were killed in a ghastly road accident at Nallakalva near Atmakur in Kurnool district on Tuesday.

According to reports reaching here, Venkatesh and his family were on a pilgrimage to Srisailam and Mahanandi after visiting Hyderabad. The Toyoto Qualis van in which they were travelling was on its way to Mahanandi on Tuesday noon when it collided head-on with a lorry coming from the opposite direction near Avulapenta after crossing the YSR Memorial.

Seven persons perished on the spot and three others on the way to hospital at Atmakur. The deceased were identified as Venkatesh (62), Nagaraju (42), Kumar (55), Renuka (35), Prema (38), Hamsa (18), Pallavi (14), Chandana (10), Navya (17) and Ramu (30).

Their vehicle (KA 04MB 559) was mangled and the rescuers had a tough time in extricating the bodies. The accident site presented a gory picture as all the occupants of the van were killed.

Devaraju and his mother who stayed back in Bangalore survived the accident. The rescue team contacted Devaraju and informed him about the tragedy.

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