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Shattering impact:The oil tanker that crushed an autorickshaw before hitting a high wall at Pipeline junction in the city on Saturday.
Shattering impact:The oil tanker that crushed an autorickshaw before hitting a high wall at Pipeline junction in the city on Saturday.

B. Madhu Gopal

Bhaskara Narayana's brothers had spoken to him minutes before the tragedy

VISAKHAPATNAM: K. Bhaskara Narayana has no words to express his sorrow. He lost his father a year ago and, on Saturday, both his elder brothers died in an autorickshaw–tanker collision at Pipeline junction. He had spoken to them minutes before their death and was raring to meet them.

Double blow

Seven occupants of the autorickshaw died on the spot while four others were injured in the tragic accident.

His two brothers – Visweswara Rao, 35, and Ramana, 27 – eke out a living by selling vegetables at Gajuwaka. Visweswara Rao was married and is survived by wife, a son, who is studying in 1 {+s} {+t} Std., and a younger daughter.

Visweswara Rao and Ramana boarded the share auto at Gajuwaka to go to Gnanapuram Wholesale Vegetable Market.

Bhaskara Narayana does private contract works in Delhi. He was returning to the city by train to appear for a test of khalasi in Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. His brothers called him on his mobile and asked him to stay back at the railway station so that they could return home together.

“I waited at the railway station and when they didn't turn up for a long time, I called my brother on his mobile. Someone picked up the phone and informed me that the autorickshaw met with an accident and the dead and the injured are being shifted to the KGH mortuary,” he said.

Quirk of fate

Four among the dead were tipper drivers working for a private contractor of Gangavaram Port Limited. They were all native of Rokua village of Ramgarh district in Jharkhand. They had come to the city for a livelihood and settled in a slum near Gnanapuram. Over a dozen men from Jharkhand, who stay at the slum, were seen sitting in a pensive mood near the mortuary. It was a strange quirk of fate that the workers from Jharkhand had boarded the ill-fated autorickshaw. “They were supposed to go home by the company bus at 7 a.m. but as they finished their work early they left on their own and boarded the autorickshaw at Gajuwaka,” said contractor Jouhar.

Helpless

“We are making arrangements for sending the bodies to their native village,” he said.

The wife and daughter of the autorickshaw driver, who was killed in the accident, couldn't have suffered a greater tragedy. Bulliraju's teenaged son was murdered recently, and today he died in the accident leaving behind his wife and daughter in a helpless condition.

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