Chennai: In a gory highway accident, six people were killed and eight injured in a pile up of three vehicles at Ratnagiri on the Chennai-Bengaluru NH in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, last evening.
Police sources said the condition of three of the injured is said to be critical.
Police said the accident occurred when the driver of a SUV bound for Chennai from Bengaluru, driving at a speed in excess of 100 kmph, applied sudden brake in a bid to avoid hitting a two-wheeler, who tried to cross the road, but ended up knocking him down.
Two cars, travelling one behind the other at an equal speed, crashed into each other, before a lorry rammed into the last car.
In the pile up, four people in the three ill-fated cars were killed on the spot, while two others succumbed to injuries at the hospital late last night.
The deceased were identified as Lakshmiprabha, Bhagyalakshmi and Govindaraj of Bengaluru, who were travelling in the SUV, Charlie Ratinaraj and his brother Gnanaraj of Kancheepuram, and another person travelling in one of the cars.
The other deceased was identified as Ravichandran, who was riding the two-wheeler. The injured were admitted to the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital and Christian Medical College and Hospital.
The impact of the accident was such that all the three cars were reduced to a mangled heap.
Traffic on the busy road was affected for nearly two hours following the accident. Ratnagiri police have registered a case and are investigating.