Kerala: 5 ISRO canteen employees killed as car collides with truck in Alappuzha

Out of the five people, four belonged to the Thiruvananthapuram district and the fifth person was a native of the Kollam district.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jan 23, 2023 | 3:38 PM Updated Jan 23, 2023 | 3:44 PM

Alappuzha car accident

Five persons were killed in an accident at the Kakkazhom railway overbridge in Ambalapuzha in Alappuzha district early on Monday, 23 January, the police said.

The accident occurred when the car in which the five persons were travelling allegedly collided with a truck coming in the opposite direction, the police said.

The rice-laden truck was bound for Andhra Pradesh when the collision occurred.

Out of the five people, four belonged to the Thiruvananthapuram district and the fifth person was a native of the Kollam district.

The police said all five were contractual employees at the canteen of ISRO in Thiruvananthapuram and were on their way to attend a wedding. The people were identified as Shijin Das (24), Manu (24), Prasad (25), Amal (28) and Sumod.

“The accident occurred at around 1.30 am. All five passengers died. The driver and the cleaner of the lorry are under custody,” the police said.

Police sources said four of them died on the spot while one person succumbed to injuries on the way to the hospital.

The CCTV visuals of the accident show the car, which got out of control, ramming into the truck. Prima facie, the car was speeding.

The bodies have been shifted to Alappuzha Medical College and will be handed over to the relatives after the post-mortem.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed his condolences and said that he shares the grief with the family members of the deceased persons.

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(With inputs from PTI)