Bengaluru/Chennai: Thirteen people, including five women and two children, were killed and five were critically injured in a road accident in Karnataka early Friday, police said.
The mishap occurred when an SUV collided with a car that had crashed against a road divider at Amruthur near Kunigal in Tumakuru district, police added.
Twelve of them died on the spot and a child later succumbed in a hospital, police said adding the deceased included a four-member family, a man, wife and their two children.
Four critically-injured persons were hospitalised. Among the dead, 10 were from Tamil Nadu and three from Bengaluru. All of them were pilgrims.
"Thirteen persons (ten in the SUV and three in the car) have died. The incident occurred past midnight. A car crashed against the road divider and another vehicle collided with it," Tumakuru Superintendent of Police (SP) K Vamsi Krishna told PTI. "While the people in the SUV were returning from the temple town of Dhramasthala (in Dakshina Kannada district), the four people in the car were on the way to Dharmasthala," Vamsi Krishna said.
Police personnel had to struggle to pull the bodies out of the mangled vehicles. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami, while expressing his condolences, said the 10 victims, hailing from Chikkanappalli village in Krishnagiri district were returning home when the mishap occurred after a pilgrimage to Dharmasthala.
Five women, three men and two children were killed in the accident. Palaniswami said he has ordered that a team of officials including police officers be sent to Karnataka to help identify and hand over the bodies to kin of the victims and facilitate quality treatment to the injured.
"I have ordered a solatium of Rs one lakh to the families of each of the dead and Rs 50,000 to those grievously injured from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund," he said in a statement.