9 killed in two road accidents
Victims include five of a family headed for marriage
As many as nine persons, including five of a family, were killed in two accidents in the districts on Thursday.
Five of a family headed for marriage were killed on the spot and three including the bridegroom sustained injuries when the vehicle they were travelling in fell off a bridge near Annigeri, Hubli.
According to police, eight persons were travelling by a multiutility vehicle (Toyota Innova) from Hubli to Bellary for the marriage of Irfan Basheer Diddi, scheduled for Friday.
The accident occurred when the driver lost control over the MUV and the vehicle skidded off the bridge at Savalahalla near Kondikoppa railway station.
The deceased have been identified as Zareena Basheer Ahmed Diddi (46) - the mother of bridegroom, Peersab Bade Khanwara (75), Mahaboobi Abdulnabi Diddi (80), Imam Jaffer Peersab Badekhanwara (50) and Alla Baksha Gaffar Sab Dharwad (45), all residents of Bhyridevarakoppa in Hubli. Irfan, his father Basheer Ahmed Nabi Diddi and driver Mohammed Hussein Khwaja Moinuddin have been admitted to German Hospital in Gadag-Betageri with grievous injuries.
Annigeri police have registered a case.
Four persons were killed and 11 sustained injuries in a serial accident on National Highway-4 near Bharamasagara in Chitradurga taluk on Thursday.
The accident occurred when a sand-laden lorry proceeding from Harihar to Bangalore rammed a truck transporting cool drink bottles coming from the opposite direction. It later hit a goods auto. Meanwhile, one more truck rear-ended the sand-laden lorry.
Hanumanthappa (33), Yallavva (33) and Kariyappa (26) - all labourers from Koppal - travelling by the goods auto - were killed on the spot while Arun Kumar (25), the cleaner of the lorry died on the way to hospital.
The three were returning to Mysore from Hubli after attending a family function, police said. The injured include three children and all were treated at the district hospital, Davangere.
The truck transporting cool drink bottles toppled in the accident and onlookers vied each other to collect the bottles.