The deceased have been identified as three-year-olds Pranathi and Pranav, and their mother Jyothi, while the condition of the father is said to be critical.

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In a case of drunk driving, a truck driver hit several vehicles before colliding with a bike, killing three of the four riders, in Karnataka’s Hassan district. The three deceased include twins and their mother, police said. The incident took place late on Sunday, December 19. The deceased have been identified as three-year-olds Pranathi and Pranav, and their mother Jyothi. The condition of Shivanand, the deceased children's father, is said to be critical.

According to police, the incident took place on the National Highway in the outskirts of Hassan city. The victims' family was travelling on their bike when they were hit by the truck. The truck had also hit four other vehicles before hitting the bike.

The impact of the collision was such that all the four were thrown off their bike. The twins came under the wheels and were dragged by the vehicle for a long distance. Both children died on the spot and mother succumbed to injuries at the hospital, police said.

The truck driver, who was found to be in an inebriated state, tried to escape from the spot but was arrested by the police. An investigation into the matter is underway, police said.

Earlier, a speeding Mercedes Benz car crashed into a car in front of it and caused a massive traffic pile-up in Bengaluru’s Indiranagar. One person died in the accident. Two cars — a Maruti Suzuki DZire and another car believed to be a Maruti Suzuki Alto — as well as an autorickshaw and tempo, were damaged in the accident. In CCTV footage of the accident that emerged, the Mercedes can be seen speeding and ramming into a vehicle in Indiranagar's 80 Feet Road, raising a cloud of dust. Due to the impact of the collision, the Maruti Alto, which the Mercedes rammed into, was propelled ahead and hit other vehicles.

Read: On CCTV: Speeding Mercedes Benz rams into multiple vehicles in Bengaluru, one dead

(With IANS inputs)