Three killed in road accident

Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: Three youngsters from Mangalagiri died on the spot when the motorcycle they were riding hit a stationary lorry on NH-5 in the early hours of Saturday.

They were identified as Devarapalli Venkateswara Rao, 25, Chintalapudi Siva Koteswara Rao, 22, (driving the vehicle) and Karempudi Prasad, 35.

Goldsmiths by profession, they were returning after attending Mahasivaratri festivities at Quarry village near Vegendla at 1.30 a.m.

They dashed against the lorry carrying teakwood from Nellore to Vijayawada, leading to their instantaneous death.

However, the Mangalagiri police, quoting some eyewitnesses, said that both the lorry and the motorcycle were in motion and that sudden breaks applied by the lorry driver lead to the accident.

The motorists could not see in the dark the projection of the logs on the rear side of the lorry as there was no caution bulb. The lorry driver was absconding.

Huts destroyed

Four huts were destroyed in fire and one person died of shock at Yanadi Colony in Chebrolu near here. Potluri Govindu, 50, was fast asleep. He woke up only to see his hut on fire. He must have died of shock as he did not suffer any burns, the police said.