Bagalkot: Seven people including five children died and two others critically injured in a horrific accident between an autorickshaw and a tipper on the Raichur-Belagavi State Highway near Lokapura of Mudhol taluk on Sunday, May 15.
Reshma Lakkappa Kataraki (14), Darshan Arjun Salumantapa (12), Yamanura Maruti Salumantapa (9), his mother Lalitha Maruti Salumantapa (38) and Anand Hanumantha Killekyatara (8) and his grandmother Somavva (60), both residents of Upanala village of Hunagund taluk, all died on the spot. Suresh Killekyatara (14) died on the way to hospital. Arjun and Manjula Salumanatapa are in a critical condition.
Arjun Subraya Salumantapa who was the driver of the autorickshaw, his wife Summavva, Maruti Salumantapa and Manjula Salumantapa have been severely injured and are sghifted to private hospital in Bagalkot.
The passengers of the autorickshaw belonging to the same family were travelling from Veerapura in Bagalkot taluk towards Chinchakhandi after attending the Durgadevi Jathre in Veerapura. The tipper transporting jelly stones was going from Lokapura towards Bagalkot. The two vehicles collided head-on and the autorickshaw was crushed due to the impact.
Superintendent of Police M N Nagaraj and Mudhol legislator Govind Karajola visited the relatives of the deceased.
A case has been registered in Lokapura police station.
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