Family of five die in car accident in Tamil Nadu, driver allegedly asleep on wheel
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Jul 17, 2020, 01:32 pm
A family of five including an eight-year-old girl and a car driver died in a horrific car accident on Thursday near Tindivanam, Tamil Nadu. Two children who travelled in the car with the family have been injured and are undergoing treatment. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the kin of the deceased. It has been revealed that the family hailing from Tirunelveli district was en route to Kanchipuram, where they own a business
The gruesome accident is said to have taken place in the early hours on Thursday near Tindivanam at the Pathiri village and around 38 km from Villupuram, the police stated. An autopsy on all six dead is being done at the government medical college hospital. The two children, aged four and nine, who were injured in the accident, are currently being treated in the same medical facility.
A police official at the jurisdictional police station quoted an eye-witness account to news agency PTI and said the car was traveling on the highway border Pathiri village and the driver in the vehicle appeared to have slept just a few moments before the unfortunate accident occured at around 5.15AM.
Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami expressed his condolences over the accident and announced a solatium of Rs 1 lakh to the kin of the deceased. He also shared his grief over another road accident in Pudukkottai district, which saw three men succumbing to their deaths on the spot. The CM has announced the families of these three men would also get an assistance of Rs 1 lakh each.
The government has instructed the district administrations in Villupuram and Pudukottai to provide all assistance to the families of the deceased and also extend appropriate and necessary medical treatment of those injured. CM Palaniswami also said an amount of Rs 50,000 would be provided to those severely injured in the accident while Rs 25,000 will be extended to those who have sustained minor injuries.