WARANGAL: A retired police inspector and his wife were killed on the spot after the car they were travelling in collided head-on with an oncoming lorry near Penchikalpet village in Elkathurthy mandal of Warangal Urban district during the early hours of Sunday.
The couple, Ch. Vijay Kumar and his wife Sunitha, along with their daughter Moun-ika, were on their way from Khammam to Yapalaguda in Adila-bad after they came to know that Vijay’s mother Ramanamma had passed away on Saturday night. They hired a driver Harshavardhan to take them to Adilabad. At about 3.30 am on Sunday, the car they were travelling in collided with a lorry coming from Karimnagar.
While Vijay and his wife Sunitha died at the accident site, their daughter Mounika and car driver Harshavardhan were seriously injured. Locals infor-med the police and called an ambulance. The injured were shifted to Huzurabad government hospital, where they are undergoing treatment. It was a painful Sunday for Vijay Kumar’s family as two deaths occurred within a day.
The Warangal-Karimnagar national highway 563 has often come under focus for frequent accidents taking place on the stretch in the recent past. Presence of blind turns, regular movement of heavy vehicles and absence of medians have rendered this road dangerous. There is a `68-lakh plan of Warangal police and national highway authorities to set up crash barriers at Yellapur Bridge, apart from rumble strips, speed breakers, signboards and signals near the blind curves on the road....