Hyderabad: A lorry that went out of control crushed to death two people, including a seven-year-old boy, while at least three others were injured and four vehicles damaged on the busy Vanasthalipuram-LB Nagar road here on Wednesday.
The police identified the victims as Naresh (25) a resident of Hayathnagar and S Mahesh (7) of Meerpet, both of whom died on the spot. The injured persons were identified as S Sunil, his wife Radha and their younger son Manish. They were admitted to a local private hospital where their condition was stated to be stable.
According to Vanasthalipuram Inspector S Murali Krishna, the incident occurred around 1 pm at the Sushma Theatre intersection, when the vehicles were waiting at the signal. “A lorry (AP11V6264) that was heading towards LB Nagar went out of control, reportedly after its brakes failed, and rammed the vehicles at the signal, killing two persons on the spot. Naresh was alone on his motorbike, while Mahesh was with his family members on another bike,” he said. Two auto-rickshaws and two motorbikes were also damaged, he added.
Vanasthalipuram Assistant Commissioner of Police V Ravinder Reddy said the accident occurred due to brake failure. “Before reaching the intersection, the driver tried to stop the vehicle after seeing the red signal but he could not do so as the brakes failed,” he said. The driver, identified as Khaleem, in his mid-50s, was arrested and a case was booked against him under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicle Act. The seized lorry was handed over to the Road Transport Authority (RTA) for inspection and based on the RTA report, further action will be initiated, the ACP said, adding that the lorry driver was not drunk.