University supervisor, 5 others die as car collides against tru
VILLUPURAM: A supervisor at a deemed university in Chennai and five of his relatives were killed when the vehicle in which they were travelling collided with a truck near Ulundurpet in Villupuram district on Monday morning. The supervisor was returning home after his son's betrothal function in Thanjavur.
The deceased were identified as P Sundaram, 53, the supervisor hailing from Perungalathur, Chennai, his son-in-law D Ramachandran, 34, sister K Suseela, 65, sisters-in-law V Padma, 65, and Papathi, 70, and relative Aakasah, 9. Five of them died instantly, while Papathi died due to injuries at Ulundurpet government general hospital.
Police said Sundaram, his family members and relatives left Chennai in three cars for his son S Naresh's betrothal at the bride's house in a village in Thanjavur district on Sunday evening. Naresh, who works in a private firm in Singapore, did not attend the ceremony. They left Thanjavur the same night for Chennai.
Ramachandran, who was at the wheel of one of the cars, was leading the convoy of three vehicles. He was working in a private firm in Singapore and had come down for the betrothal of his brother-in-law. As they reached Asanoor on Trichy-Chennai highway near Ulundurpet in Villupuram district at 12.30am on Monday, a truck entered the highway from a service lane from Asanoor. Ramachandran, who was over-speeding, could not control the vehicle resulting in the collision.