TN CM announces solatium after 7 killed in Tiruvannamalai road accident

While the cause of the accident was being probed, initial enquiries revealed that the car swerved in the opposite direction of the road.

BySouth First Desk

Published Oct 15, 2023 | 10:08 PM Updated Oct 15, 2023 | 10:17 PM

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Seven persons were killed and a woman was seriously injured after a car and truck collided head on in the Tiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu on Sunday, 15 October, said the local police.

While the cause of the accident was being probed, initial enquiries revealed that the car swerved in the opposite direction of the road, a Chengam police official told PTI.

Later in the day, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin expressed his condolences and announced solatium for the deceased and the injured.

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The incident

The Chengam police had initially said eight persons were killed in the accident. The accident occurred on the Tiruvannamalai-Bengaluru National Highway.

A sub-divisional police official later said the death toll was seven and the injured woman was being treated in a state-run hospital.

The deceased are said to include two children.

The occupants of the car were reportedly returning to Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru after visiting a temple in Tamil Nadu.

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CM announces solatium

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, in a statement, said he was “deeply saddened” by the incident.

He said in the statement that he was extending his condolences “to the families and relatives of the deceased”.

He said he has ordered a solatium of ₹2 lakh to the families of each of the deceased and an assistance of ₹1 lakh to the injured woman.

AIADMK general secretary and Leader of Opposition Edappadi K Palaniswami also condoled the deaths.

(With PTI inputs)