2 brothers die as tipper truck jumps median, topples

Driver tried to avoid dog; car damaged

2 brothers die as tipper truck jumps median, topples

 Two brothers were killed and another was injured when a tipper truck jumped the median strip and toppled on the other side of the road as the driver tried to avoid a stray dog. A part of the truck fell on a car and injured a woman.

The accident occurred near Singasandra on Hosur main road in southern Bengaluru on Saturday midnight, said the jurisdictional Electronics City traffic police.

Of the four people who were in the truck, two helpers — Srinivas, 30, and Rajendra, 28 — have died. The deceased were brothers. Their third sibling, Shankar, was also injured besides the driver.

The tipper truck was returning to Hosur after clearing a load in Koramangala.
Once on the busy highway, the driver accelerated. After covering some distance, he noticed a dog trying to cross the road. While trying to avoid the animal, the driver lost control over the speeding vehicle which then jumped the median strip.

The vehicle toppled on the other side of the road, hitting a car coming in the opposite direction.

Bystanders quickly pulled the people out of the truck and called the police. The four people were rushed to a private hospital where Rajendra and Srinivas were declared brought dead. Shankar survived and his condition is stable. The truck driver, who was also injured, fled the spot. Sudhamani, who was in the car, also suffered injuries while her husband, Srihari, escaped unhurt. The stray dog was found dead, too.

While Srinivas and Rajendra worked as helpers, their brother Shankar was employed as an accountant by the tipper truck owner, Ravi Kumar.

The police initially thought Rajendra or Srinivas was at the wheel. But an enquiry with Shankar revealed that the driver was the man who had fled. “We have collected details of the driver, who is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Hosur,” said a senior police officer.

Srihari, who works at a major software company, was driving the car and his wife, Sudhamani, was sitting next to him. The couple was coming from Coimbatore and headed to their home in HSR Layout.

A case has been registered at the Electronics City Traffic police station.

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