Six killed in Kodad road accident

Police officials at the accident site near Kodad on Friday.

Police officials at the accident site near Kodad on Friday.  

Victims were from Chintapally village of Mahabubabad district

Six persons, including two girls and two women, were killed when a lorry rammed an auto-rickshaw in which they were travelling on Friday morning.

Four persons – Shaik Afzal Pasha, 50, his wife S.K. Ghousia, 46, S.K. Mahmooda Begum, 40, and her daughter S.K. Mahim, 13, – died on the spot.

Mahmooda Begum’s younger daughter S.K. Muskan, 10, died while being shifted to a hospital, and after a prolonged battle with life till evening, Mohammed Pasha, 45, her husband, breathed his last at Kodad Area Hospital.

Only two people – driver Nagulmeera and one Zakir Pasha – of the total eight occupants of the auto- rickshaw survived.

The Chilkur police identified all the victims as hailing from Chintapally village in Korvi mandal of Mahabubabad district. None from the family of Pasha and Begum survived and the rest of the victims were also related to them. According to the police, both the families had come to Palakeedu mandal here on a pilgrimage to the Jan Pahad shrine. After staying at their relatives’ house at Huzurnagar the previous night, at around 6 a.m. on Friday, they started their return journey in a hired auto-rickshaw to Kodad.

Some 20 minutes into the journey, near the FCI godowns on the outskirts of Sitarampur village, the auto-rickshaw driver attempted to overtake a truck. However, a speeding lorry coming in the opposite direction rammed the vehicle, the police said.

Soon, all the victims were shifted to the hospital. The truck driver is absconding. Postmortem examination of the deceased is still on at Kodad Area Hospital.

The Chilkur police said the accident was quite similar to the one that took place at Khammam crossroads here in April, when seven of related families returning in an auto-rickshaw after Rama Navami celebrations were killed.

“The driver failed in an overtaking attempt and as the road was two-lane without a divider, it resulted in a head-on collision with a truck,” an official said.

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