In a heartbreaking tragedy, six pilgrims lost their lives and sixteen others were injured in a devastating road accident in the early hours of Thursday in the Belagavi district of Karnataka.
Police have identified the deceased as Hanumavva (25), Deepa (31), Savitha (17), Supreetha (11), Indiravva (24) and Maruthi (42). The injured were swiftly taken to a nearby hospital with the help of police and locals.
The incident occurred when the pilgrims were travelling towards the renowned Saundatti Yallamma Temple from Hulanda village.
The driver of their Bolero goods vehicle lost control and crashed into a banyan tree, causing the vehicle to overturn as they were approaching a curve. Approximately 23 people were travelling in the Bolero goods vehicle.
According to the police, the deceased had been offered a lift by the driver, shortly before the accident occurred. In a matter of minutes, the collision had killed five people instantly and another while they were being transported to the hospital. A preliminary inquiry has revealed that the accident was caused by reckless and careless driving.
The accident injured sixteen people, who were sent to nearby hospitals for treatment. Sanjeev Patil, the Superintendent of Police (SP), rushed to the scene. Govinda Karajol, Minister of Water Resources and District In-Charge, has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the victims’ families. He expressed his condolences for the victims’ deaths and promised to pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. Katakola police are currently investigating the case.