Five people died when their car rammed into a lorry

Four members of a family, including three women, and a driver died after the car they were travelling in collided with a lorry on the Chennai-Tiruchi highway near Maduranthakam early on Wednesday.

According to police, Subramani (85), of Karanchavadi, Poonamalee, his wife Indrani, (75), daughter Mahalakshmi (50) and granddaughter Shantini (18) had gone to Samayapuram in Tiruchi in a car driven by Paul Dinakaran (24), a resident of Mangadu.

Early on Wednesday morning, the family was returning to Chennai. When the vehicle was near Anthimanam in Madurantakam, the driver of a lorry parked by the roadside started to reverse his vehicle. The car rammed into the lorry and got stuck beneath the rear wheels of the heavy vehicle.

All the five died on the spot. Local people informed the Pattalam police about the fatal accident and the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services (TNFRS) personnel were called in to remove the bodies from the car. They used hydraulic cutters and spreaders and removed the bodies from the car. Traffic was affected on the highway for a few hours due to the accident. The lorry driver identified as Thangasami (31) from Manapparai who fled away after the accident. The lorry has been seized by the police. “We are searching for the lorry driver," said a police officer.

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