Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The accident on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway in the early hours of Monday near Channapatna, where a car overturned, claiming three lives, was particularly upsetting for Karthikeyan S. and six others who reached the spot minutes later.

Mr. Karthikeyan and his friends were returning from a short holiday in Wayanad when they came upon the accident scene where N. Chetan (28) and D. Dhruva Gaunkar (25), employees of Northern Trust Bank, and Pradeep Muniyappa (29), an HCL employee, died when their car overturned near the Kengal railway bridge on Monday.

“We saw the survivor (who was later identified as Vivek S. Narayana, 28, of the bank) screaming, Mr. Karthikeyan told The Hindu.

The four occupants were scattered in different directions.

None of the vehicles that passed by stopped to help.

Mr. Karthikeyan said he dialled 100 at exactly 1.46 a.m., minutes after the accident, and a woman who responded from the Police Control Room said she would get the Mandya taluk police to reach the spot.

The Mandya taluk police called him 10 minutes later to say that the spot did not fall under their jurisdiction and that they would inform the station concerned, he said. After close to an hour, they saw two policemen on a motorcycle who did not stop.

An ambulance finally arrived after an hour and a half, said Mr. Karthikeyan.

He said that a quicker response on part of the authorities was needed on highways if lives were to be saved.

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