An eight-year-old girl was killed and 14 others injured in an accident that took place in the district on Sunday. Police said 14 people, members belonging to three families, hailing from Kamarajapuram near Madurai were travelling to Rameswaram in a SUV to perform rituals, when the car skidded off the road and fell into a roadside ditch after hitting a telecom pole at Ettivayal.

The girl, Janani, who was seated in the front seat with her grandfather, was crushed to death while others, including the driver, suffered injuries. Mariappan (65), the girl’s grandfather has been referred to the GRH in Madurai, while others were admitted to the government hospital here.