ONGOLE:In a freak road mishap, a truck driver and cleaner were killed as the iron rails they were transporting crashed into the truck’s cabin after a sudden brake near Murikimala Thanda of Pullalacheruvu mandal on Yerragondapalem-Macherla road in Prakasam district on Friday. According to the Pullalacheruvu police, the victims were transporting the rails used for railway tracks from Hyderabad to Chennai.
The driver of the vehicle R Pratap Kumar (45) applied brakes while negotiating a curve and the vehicle slowed down with a jerk. In the impact, the iron rails crashed into the truck’s cabin killing Pratap Kumar and the cleaner, identified as Koteswara Rao, on the spot. Both the deceased belonged to Miyapur in Hyderabad.
Two More Drivers Killed
In another road accident, one person died and 10 others were injured, when a truck going towards Chennai and an RTC bus going towards Vijayawada from Nellore collided. The truck driver, identified as Ashok Kumar hailing from Uttar Pradesh, died on the spot and 10 passengers in the bus suffered injuries. All the injured were shifted to the Government Hospital in Ongole. A case has been registered and investigation is on.
In yet another accident in the district, a van driver, A Kotaiah (45), was killed on the spot when the vehicle ran into a lorry parked on the roadside at Kommalapadu village of Santhamaguluru mandal in Prakasam district. G Rambabu, who was travelling in the vehicle, suffered injuries and was shifted to the Addanki Government Hospital, where his condition was said to be serious.