Three of a family were killed and two injured in a road accident along National Highway-46, at Senglikuppam near Ambur, during the early hours of Sunday, when a van rammed the car in which they were travelling.
The deceased were identified as K Geetha (23), her sister-in-law Priyanka (20) and mother-in-law Shanthi (50). Karthick (28), a software engineer and resident of Rajankuppam in Chennai and Geetha were married four months ago. Geetha left for Bangalore a month ago, to stay with her parents during the Tamil month of Aadi.
On Saturday, Karthick and his family members had gone to Bangalore to pick up his wife. Karthick’s parents Jayachandran (57) and Shanthi, Geetha and Priyanka were returning to Chennai in the car. Karthick was behind the wheel.
The ill-fated incident took place opposite Senglikuppam panchayat office around 3.30 am, when an unidentified vehicle hit the rear of Karthick’s car. In the impact, Karthick lost control of the vehicle and it jumped the median and landed on the opposite lane. A mini-van then rammed the rear left side of the car, killing Shanthi on the spot. Geetha and Priyanka, who were sitting along with Shanthi on the backseat, sustained grievous injuries. They were shifted to the Government Hospital in Ambur. After giving them first aid, they were referred to the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital at Adugamparai in Vellore. However, they succumbed to injuries on the way to the hospital, said police attached to Ambur Taluk station. Karthick and Jayachandran escaped with minor injuries. They were admitted to the GH in Ambur.
Police registered a case and are investigating.