MADURAI: Four persons, all natives of Madhya Pradesh, travelling atop of a borewell lorry were electrocuted near Batlagundu on Monday after the mobile phone of one of the occupants came in contact with a live wire overhead.
The victims were identified as Balram (24), Mukesh (23), Ramkai (24) and Munram (23), all hailing from Ambur in Madhya Pradesh.
Sources said that totally workers were travelling on a borewell lorry with five on top of the vehicle.
Tragedy struck the victims near Batlagundu on Dindigul-Madurai road when the lorry was leaving a petrol bunk after filling fuel. One of the five persons, who were travelling atop the lorry, was speaking on his mobile phone.
As the lorry hit the road, accidentally the mobile phone came in contact with a live wire overhead and all the five suffered shock. While four of the five travelling on top of the vehicle were killed on the spot, one person managed to jump down from the vehicle and escape the shock. Five others who were inside the lorry escaped with injuries. All the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for first aid.