A devastating chain-reaction crash near Chittoor, India on Friday has left five dead, including two young children, and eight injured.
According to police, an out-of-control cement truck collided with a parked mini-truck on a national highway in Nagari, triggering further collisions. The cement truck then crashed into a two-wheeler carrying a family of four, as well as a car and roadside workers.
The family on the motorcycle – parents Bhupalan and Lilavati along with 4-year-old Nitin and 2-year-old Umesh – died at the scene except the mother. One worker was also killed, while three more were critically hurt.
First responders rushed to the traumatic scene to aid victims. The driver of the cement truck was taken into custody. Authorities say the fully loaded vehicle lost control while traveling to Chennai, causing absolute carnage.
For the tight-knit community, the scope of the loss is difficult to process. In an instant, lives were forever changed on a national highway that now stands as a solemn reminder of how quickly tragedy can strike. As families grieve, many grapple to understand how such horror could unfold so rapidly.
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