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Five killed as car, lorry collide

BANGALORE OCT. 26. Five persons were killed in a road accident near R.V. College of Engineering on Mysore Road early on Sunday.

According to police, the car in which the victims were travelling to Mysore collided with a lorry in the vicinity of the college. Owing to the impact of the collision, most parts of the car got stuck under the lorry. Only one person could be rescued. He was rushed to the hospital. The others died on the spot. The bodies could be removed only after the police brought a crane and moved the lorry.

The deceased were identified as B.V. Nagaraj from Pattanagere, Mysore Road; B.V. Mallikarjun, Vishwanath, alias Karankumar; and Vijayakumar, all from Sakaleshpur of Hassan district; and B.S. Mahesh from Maddur in Mandya district. They were aged between 25 and 30. The injured has been identified as Biju Nair of Kerala. He has been admitted in a state of unconsciousness to Sahana Hospital in Kengeri.

The car belonged to a travel agency. Mr. Nagaraj was driving the car, and the others are said to be his friends. They were all staying in Pattanagere. The police were able to find out the names and addresses of the victims from the documents found in their clothes. The family members of the victims have come to the city. The bodies were handed over to them after post-mortem.

The early dawn mishap has increased the spiralling accident rate on Bangalore-Mysore road. An estimated 100 accidents are reported from this veritable death trap every year.

According to studies, an estimated 40,000 people travel between Bangalore and Mysore daily on the highway. Apart from the buses of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, several cars, vans, maxi-cabs, two-wheelers, and trucks ply on the road in a steady stream. With the implementation of the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project, which is likely to solve the problem to a great extent delayed, police are finding it tough to bring down the accident rate. Drivers' error of judgment is said to be a major cause of accidents, besides mechanical defects and bad weather. The two-lane road allows little scope for overtaking.

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