Vishnu, who survived the accident, has sustained 50% burn injuries and his condition is critical, police said.

AP car tragedy that killed 5 Lone survivor rushed to Vellore for better treatment
news Accident Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 17:26

Vishnu, the lone survivor in the car-fire accident tragedy that took place in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, has sustained 50% burn injuries and has been rushed to a private hospital in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. His condition is critical, police said.

On Saturday, at around 8 am, Vishnu’s car met with an accident and  caught fire in Mamadugu village, Gangavaram mandal. In the tragic incident, five occupants of the car--his wife, two kids, sister and nephew were burnt alive. 

Vishnu, working as a Junior Assistant in Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), and a resident of Gorlakunta, Tirupati, was taking his family along to Bengaluru where his father-in-law was ill. However, the car met with the accident in Chittoor. 

While his family was charred to death, Vishnu was rescued by the locals. Alerted by the locals, the Fire department rushed to the spot and doused the fire.

The deceased were identified as Jahnavi (Vishnu’s wife; age 40), Pavan Ram (12), Sai Arshit (9), Kala (Vishnu’s sister; age 40) and Bhanu Teja (Vishnu’s nephew age 19). According to reports, his sister and nephew were residents of Bengaluru.

Bhanu Teja along with his mother Kala

Vishnu was initially taken to a local hospital in Chittoor. However, as his condition was critical, he was shifted to Vellore for better treatment.

“His condition is critical, so he has been shifted to a multi-speciality hospital in Vellore. He has sustained 50% burn injuries,” said, Gangavaram Sub-Inspector. 


Kala, Vishnu's sister

Due to rash driving, the speeding car slid against the median on Chittoor - Bengaluru national highway, overturned and went up in flames, according to police.

Superintendent of Police V Appala Naidu, told TNM that negligent driving by Vishnu caused the accident. “Prima facie evidence reveals that the car must have been driven at a high speed, and the vehicle must have slid against the divider causing sparks due to friction and stoked a fire,” he said.