HYDERABAD: Five farmers including women succumbed to their injuries and another five are admitted into hospital with critical injuries after an autorickshaw they were traveling in was rammed by a speeding car on Monday morning.
The ghastly incident took place near Lingampally-around 50kms away from Hyderabad- under Manchal police station limits in Rangareddy district. Police suspect that the mishap took place when the auto driver was trying to overtake a vehicle.
The farmers were transporting vegetables by auto to sell them at a market in Hyderabad. The deceased are identified as V Srinivas, 20, auto driver, Ch Sujata, 40, A Mamatha, 35, Maru, 34, and Alpali, 35.
Assistant Commissioner of Police ( ACP), Ibrahimpatnam, S Malla Reddy said that at least ten persons, all residents of Chennareddyguda of Manchal police limits, were proceeding along with their agricultural produce towards Saidabad market.
"As the auto reached Lingampally gate, a speeding car smashed the auto head-on. In the mishap, four women died on the spot receiving head injuries and driver Srinivas died while shifting to hospital. Another five persons are admitted to hospital and they are undergoing treatment," the ACP said.
The car driver noticed the mishap and abandoned his vehicle at the place and fled the scene. Police registered a case of negligent driving causing death and shifted bodies to mortuary for examining postmortem.
Meanwhile, relatives of the deceased staged a protest demanding compensation.