9 killed in Bagalkot accident

At least nine people, including four of a family, were killed on the spot when a lorry transporting tur dal hit the bullock cart they were travelling in, on the Belagavi-Raichur State Highway, on Friday night.

The deceased are Chandraiah Veeraiah Hiremath (52), his wife Rathnavva (48), their daughters Kashavva (26) and Vijayalakshmi (28), and daily wage labourers Basavva Goravara (62), Gangavva Hugara (58) and Siddavva Hugara (60).

Sanganabasavva Hiremath (68) and Gangavva Bheemappa Goudar (44), who were admitted at the Katti hospital in Bagalkot, later succumbed to injuries. All victims are from Rakkasagi village.

The lorry driver is absconding. The cart was badly damaged and the two bullocks were also killed.

The tur dal sacks spilled out across the road disrupting traffic on the highway for more than two hours.

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