Seven women have been killed in a horrendous road accident reported from Bidar district late on Friday.
The victims were agricultural labourers and were returning from a farm field to their native village Udamanalli in Chitaguppa taluk when their three-wheeler collided with the speeding tipper truck at Bemalkheda village, about 50 kms from Bidar.
They were later identified as Prabhavathi Devendra (36), Yadamma Ashmitha (40), Gundamma Narasinga (52), Jakkamma (32), Rukminibai Amritha (60), Eshwaramma Bakkappa (55) and Manjula (40) – all from Udamanalli village. Jagannath Natekar and Ashok, the drivers of the autorickshaw and tipper truck respectively and other nine people have been injured in the accident.
As per the information provided by the police, both the vehicles collided head-on resulting in the terrible accident killing one person on the spot and critically injuring the labourers in the autorickshaw. The injured were immediately rushed to Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences (BRIMS). Four of them were declared brought dead at BRIMS and two more died in BRIMS.
As per the information provided by the Bidar Deputy Commissioner Govinda Reddy, the condition of the two patients – one admitted to a private hospital and other to BRIMS – is critical and eight patients admitted to BRIMS are stable.
“It is an unfortunate incident. Bemalkheda is a village and hobli headquarter which is close to the Karnataka-Telangana border. The chances are very less for accidents there as the roads in that area see very less traffic. The farm owners arrange the transportation for the labourers who are picked up from their homes in the morning and dropped at their homes in the evening after work. Normally, three-wheelers carry the labourers. It is because of the carelessness of the drivers, many innocent labourers had lost their lives,” Mr. Reddy told The Hindu.