Seven persons from Kerala, including two children, were killed when their car collided head-on with a cargo-laden truck at Anuppampatti Pirivu near Chathrapatti on Wednesday.
The deceased were Jijo (32), his wife J. Sheenu (29), their son Izakeil (4), their relative Johnson (48), his son J. Alex (22), who drove the car, and E. Daniel (4). They were all from Thrissur district.
Grievously injured Johnson’s wife J. Lissi (43) succumbed to her injuries at Palani Government Hospital. Truck driver I. Selvaraj of Palamedu in Madurai surrendered before the Chatrapatti police station.
People waiting at Anuppampatti Pirivu bus stand rushed to the spot, rescued the injured and removed the bodies trapped in the wreckage. They also alerted the 108 ambulance service and the police.
The accident happened when the car driver attempted to overtake a heavy vehicle, said the police.