TIRUPUR: A day after two major accidents in the State at Coimbatore and Ariyalur, which claimed 10 lives, six persons, were killed after the mini van, a goods carrier, in which they were travelling was rammed by a lorry near Kangeyam on Saturday. Fifteen more suffered serious injuries in the accident.
According to police, Rajinikanth (33), a resident of Kozhingikattu Valasu, owned an mini van. On Friday, his mother Valliayammal died due to illness. So, he along with 20 other relatives went to Kodumudi to perform some rituals following the funeral of Valliammmal, on Saturday in his mini van.
While the mourners were returning home after performing the rituals, some snag occurred in the engine of the mini van at Veeracholapuram village on Muthur-Kangeyam road. So, another mini van was brought to the spot and all of them changed to the new vehicle.
When, they were about to leave the spot, a lorry from Kangeyam rammed the auto killing mini van driver Basha (50), Chinnasamy (40) and Kittusamy (70), on the spot. Two others Chidambaram and Balan died at the government hospital in Kangeyam, while one more person Senthilkumar (37) died on the way to a hospital in Coimbatore. Fourteen others, who suffered serious injuries, were rescued and were rushed to Kangeyam government hospital for first aid. Vellakovil police have arrested lorry driver Vinoth from Sivagangai district.