ANDHRA PRADESH

Four die in road mishap at Medak

HYDERABAD, APRIL 24. Four persons died and three others were injured, two of them seriously, when a speeding lorry collided head-on with an overloaded auto-rickshaw, carrying seven persons, on the outskirts of Arooru village at Sadashivpet in Medak district on Saturday.

Around 11 a.m, the lorry (AP 9 U 8157) coming from Zaheerabad to Sadashivpet hit the auto-rickshaw (AP 23 T 6601) coming in the opposite direction (Sadashivpet to Zaheerabad), killing an elderly couple on the spot. They were identified as - Chandrappa and his wife Veeramani of Munipally village. Their 30-year-old son Ramulu and another person, Anjaiah (38) of Hydulapur died later while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

The lorry driver managed to flee from the scene. Chandrappa was being taken to hospital, as he was not well.

The injured persons are -- Ramulu (60) of Posanpally village, Narsimhulu (43) of Peddalodi village and the auto-driver, C Narsimhulu (22) of Gopulapuram village. The condition of Mr. Ramulu and Mr. Narsimhulu is stated to be serious. They are undergoing treatment at Gandhi Hospital here.

The police believe that the fault was on the part of the auto-rickshaw driver as his vehicle was overloaded.

Taking a serious view of the accident due to overloading of auto-rickshaws, the Medak district Superintendent of Police D.S. Chauhan told The Hindu: "We are planning to take serious action against the drivers of such vehicles for overloading the vehicles leading to ghastly accidents. It has become a routine here for the drivers to make more than four persons sit in the auto-rickshaws."

The Additional SP, Gokul Singh, said the police would take up frequent checks to curb the menace besides imposing fines on drivers. "Auto-rickshaws are meant for four persons only, but here, seven to eight travel in one vehicle. Even though we imposed Rs. 1,000 fine for overloading, the problem continues, with the locals still opting to travel in the overloaded vehicles," he said.

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