Two youths were killed when a motorcycle collided with an autorickshaw at Ajanta Junction near Kayamkulam in the district on Tuesday night. The deceased have been identified as Vineesh, 25, of Nalutharayil in Njackanal of Kollam district and Renji Raj, 19 of Thekepallambil in Madathil Karazhma of Kollam district. The incident took place around 11.30 p.m. when the motorcycle Vineesh was riding in overtook a vehicle and hit an autorickshaw. Renji Raj was travelling in the autorickshaw.

Manu, 20, of Krishna Bhavan house in Madathil Karazhma of Kollam district, who was travelling in the autorickshaw was seriously injured and was admitted to the Alappuzha medical college hospital. Vineesh was thrown off the road and Renji Raj's rib was broken in the accident. Both were declared brought dead by doctors of the Alappuzha Medical College Hospital.The bodies were handed over to relatives after post-mortem. - – Staff Reporter