Majority of deceased were pilgrims from Kerala, Karnataka

More than 20 persons were killed in road accidents in the district including the two major ones that took place on Dindigul-Palani Road in November.

Palani Road alone had witnessed two major accidents leading to 11 deaths and 14 injuries.

Of these, majority of the deceased were pilgrims from neighbouring states of Kerala and Karnataka and others were youth.

On November 4, four youth including three Sabarimala pilgrims, all native of Malleswaram in Karnataka were killed and 14 others were injured when their van proceeding to Sabarimala from Malleswaram in Karnataka collided head on with a transport corporation bus near Meenakshi B.Ed College at Ammapatti pass on the Dindigul-Palani Highway around 2.30 a.m.

On November 19, three persons were killed on the spot when their bike dashed against a rock on the roadside and fell into a gorge on Palani-Dharapuram Road at Saravanampatti village.

Seven members of a family from Thrissur in Kerala – all pilgrims going to Velankanni – were killed when their car collided head on with a truck on Dindigul-Palani Highway near Chatrapatti on November 27.

In other road accidents, persons aged between 13 and 45 years were killed on the spot.

Fatality rate was high in these accidents as 90 per cent of riders and travellers in cars and bikes were killed on the spot.

Major reasons

Over-speeding, driving vehicles at late night hours and drunken driving were major reasons behind these accidents this month, said the police.