Visakhapatnam: Eleven people, including four children, were killed on Sunday in an accident involving a car, a motorcycle and a truck near Nakkapalli in Visakhapatnam district this afternoon.
The accident occurred when one the tyres of the car, proceeding from Visakhapatnam towards Tuni, suddenly burst on the National Highway (NH)-16.
As a result, the driver lost control over the vehicle and hit a motorcycle and pushed it under a lorry coming from the opposite direction, an official statement issued by the Andhra Pradesh Information and Public Relations Department said, adding that some of the bodies got crushed beyond recognition.
A father-son duo riding the bike and nine of a family travelling in the car were killed on the spot.
The inmates of the car — four children, three women and two men — were identified as the members of one Srinivas’ family from Gopalapatnam near Visakhapatnam.
The father-son duo on the motorbike belonged to S Rayavaram mandal in the district and the father was identified as an employee with Hetero Drugs, the release said.
Senior revenue and police officials rushed to the spot and supervised the rescue operation.
The bodies were shifted to the government hospital in Nakkapalli for postmortem.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa and Leader of Opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy expressed grief over the tragedy and conveyed their sympathies to the bereaved families.
Mr Naidu spoke to Visakhapatnam district Collector N Yuvaraj and enquired about the accident.