13 killed after tempo crashes into stationary truck in Karnataka

Haveri SP Anshu Kumar said the lorry driver parking the vehicle by the roadside appears to be one reason, while it is also possible that the TT driver was sleepy.
The tempo traveller and the truck on NH 48 near Haveri
The tempo traveller and the truck on NH 48 near Haveri Photo | Express

HAVERI: Thirteen people died on the spot and four others were injured after their Tempo Traveller rammed a parked lorry on NH-48, near Haveri. The pre-dawn accident happened at Gundenahalli cross, close to Byadagi town.

Police said the driver of the Tempo Traveller (KA-01-AB-4760) rammed his vehicle into the lorry (KA-51-D-3530) parked along the highway. Passersby called the 112 team and soon a medical team reached the spot.

The deceased were identified as driver Adarsh (25), Arunkumar (32), Nageshwar Rao (52), Bhagya Bai (45), Vishalakshi (49), Subhadra Bai (60), Anjali (29), Manjula Bai (60), Manasa (20), Roopa Bai (30), Manjula (54), Arya (3) and Nandan (5). The injured are Annapoorna (52), Arpita (17), Parshuram (48) and Goutam (12). The deceased were from Emmihatti village of Bhadravati taluk in Shivamogga district. The lorry driver and cleaner were arrested.

Relatives and police from Holehonnur arrived at Haveri government hospital, where the four injured passengers were being treated.

Two of the injured were later shifted to hospitals in Davangere and Shivamogga.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah expressed grief over the accident and announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of the deceased. Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, former CM Basavaraj Bommai and district in-charge minister Shivanand Patil expressed condolences to the family.

ADGP Training, Traffic, Road and Safety, Alok Kumar visited the accident spot and held a meeting with senior police officials from the district. Locals submitted a memorandum to Alok Kumar, requesting the authorities to complete construction of a bridge at Motebennur, which has been pending for a long time.

Haveri SP Anshu Kumar said the lorry driver parking the vehicle by the roadside appears to be one reason, while it is also possible that the TT driver was sleepy. According to the injured passengers, Adarsh had been driving continuously for two days. “Two of the injured have been admitted to the ICU and their condition is serious. The driver and cleaner of the lorry were arrested,” the officer added.

Adarsh’s grief-stricken brother Arun said they had bought the TT for their business only a month ago. “Adarsh invited all our family members, including my mother and father, to offer puja to Goddess Savadatti Yallamma. On Thursday evening, everyone took blessings from the goddess. After reaching Dharwad around midnight, he called and informed that they would be returning, but the accident happened around 4.30am,” he said.

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