Tragic Day!; 5 including 2 couples killed in mishaps on High Way 66

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Udupi, May 21: Five persons including two couples were killed, in two separate accidents, at Beedu in Padubidri and at Kaup on Tuesday.

Three persons were killed when a car collided head-on against a gas tanker, on NH 66 at Beedinakere in Padubidri. The deceased are Majooru GP Secretary Aruna Rai (55), her husband Sathish Rai (57), and car driver Sathish Kumar (43).

Though all the injured were rushed to the hospital, they could not be survived.


Aruna Rai was the native of Kumble in Kerala and was bound to her native to take part in a house warming ceremony which was scheduled to be held on Wednesday.


She had served as Kaup GP secretary for 10 years and has been serving as the secretary of Majooru GP for the last five years. Though the locals had called 108 ambulance service, it reportedly reached one hour late to the spot.


In a separate accident, a KSRTC Volvo bus knocked down a two-wheeler killing rider and pillion on the spot, in front of Marigudi temple near Kaup. According to the police, the deceased are Balakrishna Shetty (50), and his wife Mamatha Shetty (40), residents of Thenkukare in Padu village. Balakrishna Shetty was into business at Kurkalu-Subhashnagara. The mishap occured when they were bound to Kaup. In a bid to overtake a tanker, the bus knocked down the two-wheeler.

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