BENGALURU/VIRUDHUNAGAR: Seven people, including two children and four BMTC employees, were killed when a lorry laden with sugar bags rammed into their Innova near Rajapalayam in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu in the wee hours of Saturday.
Seithur police said the group was returning to Bengaluru from Thiruvananthapuram after visiting temples in Kerala when the accident occurred. The extent of the crash was such that the fire and emergency services needed two hours to extract the body of Mahesh, the owner of the car who was driving, from the mangled remains of the vehicle. The bodies of the deceased are expected to reach Bengaluru on Sunday. Police have arrested the lorry driver Ramakrishnan.
The deceased are Sangana Gouda(38), Mahesh (35), Rathnamma(30), Kalavathi(35), Deekshita(14), Tara(25) and Praveen (11), residents of Vidyaranyapura and Rajankunte in Bengaluru. Lakshminarayan (40) and Shanta (34), two more passengers in the car, have sustained injuries and are being shifted to the city.
Mahesh, Sangana Gouda, Tara and Lakshminarayan worked at the BMTC depot in Yelahanka.
Basavaraj, Sangana Gouda’s younger brother told TNIE, “It’s a great shock to us and I can imagine the trauma that Shanta will have to go through as she has lost both her husband and son.”