BENGALURU: Three people were killed and three others were severely injured after a speeding SUV crashed into a cargo carrier vehicle on the busy Airport road expressway near Hunasamaranahalli on Friday.
Traffic was thrown out of gear for almost one-and-a-half hours as the police had blocked the flyover to clear the road. Reckless driving by the SUV driver is blamed for the mishap.
The deceased are Ashwath Babu, a driver, Muniraju (46), and his son Prashanth B M (33). The injured are Prem Kumar, Ganapathi and Nagaraju who are now being treated at a private hospital.
Their condition is said to be critical. They are from Sidlaghatta in Chikkaballapur.
A senior police officer said the incident occurred around 1.15pm. “Muniraju and five other family members were coming towards the city to meet one of their relatives who is admitted to a hospital. Ashwath Babu was driving the SUV. After crossing the toll plaza, due to overspeeding, the tyre burst and Babu lost control of the vehicle.
The SUV crossed the median, rammed into a cargo carrier vehicle, which was heading towards the Airport and hit a goods vehicle which was behind the cargo carrier.”
The impact of the collision was such that Babu and Muniraju died on the spot; Muniraju’s body was stuck between the seat and engine. It took almost half-an-hour to remove the bodies from the vehicle. Prashanth died in the hospital.
Muniraju’s relative Jaideep said, “They were on the way to meet my uncle Narayanaswamy at a private hospital in Whitefield, who had met with an accident on Thursday. I was informed about Friday’s accident after reaching the city in the evening.”
The goods vehicle’s driver Manikya and his assistant Bharath escaped with minor injuries.Vehicles heading towards Airport were allowed on the service road. Chikkajala Traffic police filed a case of negligence against the SUV driver and further investigations are on.