A return journey from a family function turned into a tragedy when six persons, including two young girls, died and 29 others were injured when the DCM van in which they were travelling in rammed a loaded stationary lorry which was left unattended in the middle of the Outer Ring Road (ORR) near Vattinagulapally here on Tuesday.
The accident took place at 4.45 am when the party of 35 members, all residents of Hyderabad, were returning from Bidar in Karnataka after attending a cradle ceremony on Monday. All the persons involved in the accident are residents of the old city, and are related to each other except for two members.
According to the Raidurgam police, the deceased were identified as Mahmood Khan (52), Moulana Bee (50), Samreen Begum (12), Dasthagir (25), Akhtarunnisa Begum (48), and Malan (5). Of them, the first four died on the spot, and Akhtarunnisa and Malan in hospital while undergoing treatment.
A Bala Koti, Raidurgam police inspector, said that the stationary lorry loaded with heavy pipes did not even have parking lights on, and van driver Dasthagir, who died later, could not see the parked heavy vehicle.
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