Staff Reporter

Four childhood friends killed in accident

  • Car rams into tree on Nagarjunasagar highway
  • Two sustain injuries
  • One in serious condition

    HYDERABAD: A pleasure trip of five childhood friends ended in tragedy when four of them were killed and one sustained injuries, as the car they were travelling in, rammed into a roadside tree here at Vanasthalipuram after midnight on Monday.

    All the five are from J.J. Nagar Colony in Neredmet and were going to Nagarjunasagar when the accident occurred between Gurramguda and Injapur on Nagarjunasagar highway.

    Ajay, one of the survivors, told police that he saw a vehicle coming in opposite direction a little after midnight. "As it was dark I could see only its dazzling lights. N. Rakesh Kumar, who was in driver's seat, veered towards left to give way to the oncoming vehicle," the police quoted him as saying.

    Police believe the car was in high speed and skidded nearly 80 metres since all its four tyres were nearly worn out.

    Die on the spot

    According to Vanasthalipuram Sub-Inspector Ravinder Prasad, the driver tried to come back onto the road but crashed into a roadside tree. "The car's front portion got completely crushed leaving the driver and Rajesh sitting beside him dead on the spot," he said. Chandrashekhar, on the rear seat behind the driver, too died instantly. Dayanand who was also sitting on the rear seat was in serious condition.

    Ajay, who sustained minor injuries, alerted Chandrashekhar's relatives. It took nearly two hours for them to reach the spot.

    Worried over deteriorating condition of her son, Dayanand's mother rushed him to the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences and from there to the Gandhi Hospital where she was told that he could not be admitted without records produced from the OGH.

    Leaving her son at the Gandhi Hospital, the woman went to the OGH to collect the papers. But by then Dayanand succumbed to his injuries.

    Police said the driver was not in a drunken condition.

    The five youngsters were classmates in school and set out to see the splendour of Nagarjunasagar as the dam's crest gates were recently opened after incessant rain.

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