Drunk, Rash Drivers Leave Trail of Death on Roads
9 of family killed in Collision Near Mysore
Nine people of a family, including three children, were killed on the spot and 11 others seriously injured in an accident between a Tempo Traveller and a lorry laden with gas cylinders on SH-88 near Kampalapura in Periyapatna taluk on Wednesday morning.
Twenty members of a family set out from Deralakatte, near Mangalore, on Saturday to offer prayers at a dargah near Muttupet in Tamil Nadu. The family had decided to undertake the trip as one of the children had been diagnosed with a heart ailment and needed surgery.
They were returning to Deralakatte when the van collided with an oncoming Bharath Gas lorry at 5.30 am.
The injured are being treated at K R Hospital in Mysore.
Rash and negligent driving by the driver of the Tempo Traveller is said to be the reason for accident. Locals rushed the injured to Mysore in their own vehicles as no ambulance was available at the time.
In the afternoon, Health Minister U T Khader visited the accident site and the Malbar Jamia Masjid in Periyapatna where the bodies were kept after postmortem and consoled the relatives of the victims. The bodies were later shifted to
Khader also said the number of accidents on the Mysore-Madikeri route were increasing and a mobile health service needed to be put in place.