One person was killed and another seriously injured when a Kottayam bound lorry from Tamil Nadu lost control and fell into a 200-ft gorge and went up in flames.

Miraculous escape

The driver Ramanujan (28), hailing from Theni, died after he was thrown off the lorry. His friend Mahesh (27), also from Theni, had a miraculous escape with minor injuries.

He managed to hold on to the branch of a nearby tree when he was thrown out of the vehicle.

The police said the lorry was carrying molasses from Theni to Kottayam.The cause of accident has not been ascertained, the police said.