Four of a family belonging to Kotagiri mandal headquarters in Nizamabad district were killed when the car in which they were travelling had a head-on collision with a truck, opposite the police station on National Highway-44, under Dichpally police station limits late on Monday afternoon.
Police, with the help of locals, retrieved the car with the help of a crane. The deceased were identified as Pola Raghavender (36), wife Deepti (34) and their children Tejas (8) and Snigdha (4). Raghavender was a rice miller at Kotagiri. All the four died on the spot.
The condition of the car, which was completely, mangled indicated that it was over-speeding that led to the mishap. They were returning home after attending a wedding in Hyderabad in the morning.
According to eye witnesses, the car first hit the divider before hitting the truck after one its tyre burst. Police registered a case and shifted the bodies to GGH for post-mortem. The lorry driver reportedly fled the scene.
Three dead, 3 injured
Death came calling for three persons of a family, including two teenagers, when the car they were travelling crashed into a cement base of a signboard pole and turned turtle near Pullur toll plaza in Undavalli mandal of Jogulamba Gadwal district, on Monday.
According to police, the accident took place between 3.30 a.m. and 4 a.m. on National Highway No. 44 and three others travelling in the same car suffered injuries.
Jogulamba Gadwal Sub-divisional Police Officer Surender Rao said six persons including four women were on their way back to Kurnool after attending a marriage in Hyderabad. “We suspect the car was driven at a high speed and driver dozed-off at the wheel when they reached Pullur and crashed into the cement base of a signboard and later hit another poll and turned turtle,” he said.
Death was instant for driver-cum-owner of the car, Kiran Singh (50), his daughter Haritha Bai (18) and his niece Gayatri Bai (18), all residents of Kurnool town. Police said the injured include Singh’s wife Gayatri (40), her sister Vijaya Lakshmi (47) and Lakshmi’s son Vijith Singh (12) and were rushed to Kurnool Government Hospital, where their condition is said to be out of danger.
“We are investigating the exact cause of the accident and believe that Singh was an inexperienced driver. They started firom Hyderabad around midnight,” police said.