Two charred to death as trailer lorry rams cement truck near Tiruchi

Firefighters at the scene of the accident on Tiruchi-Madurai National Highway on Thursday.

Firefighters at the scene of the accident on Tiruchi-Madurai National Highway on Thursday. | Photo Credit: HANDOUT

The driver of a trailer lorry and a cleaner, both hailing from Uttar Pradesh, were charred to death after their vehicle rammed a cement-laden lorry approaching from the opposite direction on the Tiruchi-Madurai National Highway on Thursday. The police identified the deceased as Indira Mani Pal, 37, the driver, and Pavan Patel, the cleaner.

The empty trailer lorry was proceeding towards Tiruchi from Ettayapuram in Thoothukudi district when the driver is believed to have dozed off for a moment. As a result, it went over a median and rammed a cement-laden lorry that was proceeding to Valliyur in Tirunelveli district from Dalmiapuram in Tiruchi, around 12.30 a.m. In the impact of the collision, both vehicles caught fire and were gutted.

Sources said the driver of the trailer lorry was found charred inside the vehicle’s cabin. The cleaner, who was engulfed in flames, reportedly jumped out of the vehicle and ran for a short distance, before collapsing on the road. The driver of the cement-laden lorry, K. Sivasakthi, 26, of Karur district, managed to escape with minor injuries. The accident, which occurred in the early hours of the day, disrupted traffic on the highway for about 45 minutes.

Firefighters from Thuvarankurichi rushed to the spot and doused the fire. The bodies of the victims were sent to the Government Hospital, Manapparai, for an autopsy. The Thuvarankurichi police are investigating the incident.

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