Tragedy struck two families on the eve of Sankaranti when five people were killed and three others injured in two road accidents in Prakasam district on Thursday.

A 36-year-old woman, Sirisha, who survived the accident on the Chennai-Kolkata National Highway lost her father China Venkata Reddy(56) , husband and her 10-year-old son when their car rammed against a Hyderabad-bound lorry coming from Nellore at Gollapalli near Madipadu.

In the second accident, a two-year-old baby boy escaped with minor injuries even as his father, Venkatanarayana Reddy, 28, and his mother, Anusha, 24, were killed when they tried to overtake a bus. They fell under the rear tyres of the bus near the R.C.M. Church in Markapur, police said.

While Sirisha's husband and father China Venkata Reddy(56) died on-the-spot , her son, Abhinav succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital, police added.