In a horrific accident, three MBBS students were killed on the spot after the car they were travelling in rammed into a stationary truck from behind at Devanahalli traffic police station limits on early Wednesday. The truck was loaded with iron rods which pierced through their bodies.
Another medical student who was driving the car sustained severe injuries.
According to the police, the accident took place at around 2am on Nelamangala highway and the truck was carrying construction materials. It was parked on the side of the road as it had broken down.
The deceased have been identified as Prajwal, Vishal and Bhushan who were all second-year MBBS students at Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS).
“The police have registered a case of negligence under Section 337 and 338 of IPC against the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) as there were no street lights. If the lights were functioning, the tragedy could have been averted,” said a senior police officer.
The injured final-year student Krishna Raj was driving his juniors to his village in Venkatagiri Kote in Devanahalli taluk when the accident took place, said the police.
The four students had departed for the village a little after midnight, and it was around 1.50am when Krishna Raj drove into the parked truck while they were near Sanna Amanikere railway gate junction.
Police suspect that he did not see the truck as no blinking lights were switched on. The driver of the truck is absconding.
Police reached the spot at around 2.10am and moved Krishna Raj to a private hospital.
A case has been registered against both Krishna Raj and the truck driver as well for criminal negligence leading to the death of three people.