Five members of a family, including an IT couple,
were killed when a speeding lorry rammed into their car from behind
at Ayyanarpalayam village in Cuddalore district on the Tiruchi-Chennai
National Highway early on Tuesday morning.
Police sources said the deceased were identified as Vijayaraghavan,
his wife Vatsala, his mother Vasanthalakshmi, and the couple’s two
children Vishnu and Adirth.
They were natives of Madurai and were resiging in Nanganallur area
in Chennai city. They were returning from Kerala when the tragedy
The accident occurred at around 0300 hrs, when Vijayaraghavan,
who was driving the car, slowed down the vehicle behind a lorry
following a traffic jam on the highway. A Telangana registration
number bearing lorry, which was coming behind in high speed,
rammed into the car from behind.
In the impact of the collision, the car was sandwiched between the
two vehicles and was completely damaged.
All the five occupants in the car were killed on the spot.
Acting on information, police rushed to the spot, retrieved the bodies
from the mangled vehicle with great difficulty and shifted them to the
Government Villuppuram Medical College and Hospital for autopsy.
Further investigations are on.