Four workers of a brick factory were killed were killed in the early hours of Thursday after the canter they were travelling in, collided with a truck just outside the city limits of Bengaluru.The incident took place in Tirumagondahalli, near Anekal after the tyre of the canter burst at around 5:30am, Deccan Herald reported.
Two others who were in the rear of the canter escaped with minor injuries. All of them worked in a brick factory located in Attibele.
The New Indian Express reported that the tyre burst was caused due to overspeeding, which resulted in the vehicle crossing over the median and hitting a truck coming from the opposite side. Police said the speeding canter was coming towards Bengaluru from neighbouring Tamil Nadu while the truck from the opposite side was heading towards Hosur.
Traffic movement was affected for several hours because of the accident on National Highway 7.
The deceased were identified as Paramesh Nag (24), Chetu Mandovi (22), Rathan Kashyap (23) from Chhattisgarh, and Vinod (28) from MSIL Layout in the city. Local police shifted the bodies for post-mortem.
The driver Gopi and vehicle cleaner Sachchi of the truck are recovering at a private hospital.
Police had to cut through the metal frames of the canter to recover the bodies, an eyewitness said.
“There is something wrong on this part of the highway, as I have seen several accidents at this very spot. The road slopes a little, and drivers often lose control over vehicles. Highway authorities have to take some road safety measures to prevent such accidents.” Naveen, a resident told TNIE.
Police have recorded the statements of the two workers who were at the back of the canter and have registered a case of reckless driving.