Tamil Nadu: Seven Women Dead on Chennai-Bengaluru Highway

Seven women tragically lost their lives in a van-lorry collision on the Chennai-Bengaluru Highway in Tamil Nadu. The accident occurred when a goods-laden lorry struck a tourist van.

Tamil Nadu: Fatal Chennai-Bengaluru Highway Collision Claims Seven Women’s Lives in Tragic Incident Involving Van and Lorry

On September 11, a tragic incident occurred on the Chennai-Bengaluru Highway (NH 44) near Natrampalli town in Tamil Nadu’s Tirupattur district. A goods-laden lorry collided with a tourist van, resulting in the immediate and unfortunate demise of seven women who were seated on a low-level concrete median. Ten individuals, including the drivers of the van and the lorry, sustained injuries, with five of them being women. The victims, namely M. Meena (50), D. Devayani (32), P. Saittu (55), S. Devika (50), V. Savitri (42), K. Kalavathi (50), and R. Geetha (34), all hailed from Pernambut town in Vellore district, Tamil Nadu.

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Tourist Group’s Tragic Stop

These women were part of a group of relatives from Pernambut who had embarked on a tourist visit to pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Karnataka on September 8, hiring a tourist van for their journey. On their way back home, a flat tire in the van forced them to pull over on the highway. The passengers alighted from the vehicle and took shelter on the one-foot-high concrete median near the van. The van’s hazard lights and additional lighting were functioning to warn other drivers.

However, tragedy struck when P. Arunachalam (34), the driver of the goods-laden lorry transporting smart boards for classrooms from Bengaluru to Chennai, failed to notice the stationary van and collided with it from behind. The impact caused the van to topple onto the people sitting on the median, leading to the tragic deaths of seven women. The accident occurred at around 2:40 a.m.

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Authorities’ Quick Response

Local authorities, including Natrampalli police and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), swiftly responded to the scene, rescuing the injured victims. They were subsequently transported to hospitals in Krishnagiri, Tirupattur, and Vaniyambadi. The bodies of the deceased were taken to the government hospital in Tirupattur. Natrampalli police have filed a case related to the incident, and Tirupattur Collector D. Bhaskara Pandian visited the victims’ families at the government hospital in Tirupattur.

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