The accident took place in Kunigal taluk of Tumakuru district just 75 kms from Bengaluru at around 3:30 pm.

Seven people killed near Bengaluru as car flips five times after hitting median
news Accident Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 09:38

In a horrific road accident on Friday, six women and one man were killed when the Toyota Innova they were travelling in hit a median and flipped five times before coming to a halt.

The accident took place in Kunigal taluk of Tumakuru district just 75 kms from Bengaluru at around 3:30 pm. The car had 11 passengers travelling inside at the time of the accident.

According to reports, the deceased people have been identified as Tirumani, 45; Selvi, 48; Nagamma, 47; Veeramma, 50; Nirmala, 51; Kalidas, 50; and Uma, 42; who were all residents of Sanjay Gandhi Nagar in Bengaluru. They were believed to be returning to their residences after attending a beegara oota and performing a puja at a temple in the vicinity of the accident spot.

"It looks like a case of tyre burst. The MUV flipped at least five times after hitting the median. Onlookers and occupants of other vehicles on the same road told us that they saw the MUV occupants being thrown out of the vehicle as it rolled over," a police officer was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

He added, "At least three bodies were scattered on the road, while one lay on the median. Three other bodies lay inside the vehicle. Bhavani, four-year-old Sadiq Basha and another unidentified injured passenger have survived and have been shifted to a nearby private hospital. They are unconscious and the third person is yet to be identified.” Those injured were shifted to NIMHANS in Bengaluru due to the nature of their injuries.

As a result of the accident, there was disruption in the traffic flow on the Bengaluru-Mangaluru Highway and there was a 2-km long traffic jam due to the accident.

According to statistics maintained by the Union Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways, a total of 4,64,910 road accidents were reported in 2017 (the latest yearly data available), resulting in the death of 1,47,913 people and injuring 4,70,975 people. This means that every day, on an average, 405 people die in road accidents.

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