: M. Dheivanai (65), a leading doctor in Pramakudi, was killed in a road accident at Melaperunkarai on Monday. Sources said she was coming from Madurai to Paramakudi by a car, which was driven by her brother Mahalingam. His wife Dhanalakshmi was also in the car.

It was said that she was thrown out of the car when it hit the a roadside tree. Dheivanai was brought dead to a hospital in Madurai.

Others were admitted to a hospital for treatment.

The sources said that negligence on part of Mr. Mahalingam, who reportedly slept for a few seconds while driving, was the reason for the accident. A case had been registered.