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Five injured as lorry overturns

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCT. 19. Five persons were injured, two of them seriously, when a lorry laden with logs overturned after colliding with a car at Pravachambalam on the National Highway in the Nemom police station limits on Tuesday night.

The accident occurred at around 8.30 p.m. Local residents said that the lorry had overturned when it swerved violently to the right side of the road to avoid a head-on collision with the car coming from the opposite side.

Eight labourers from Arumana in Tamil Nadu, who were travelling atop the timber crammed into the cargo hold of the lorry, fell on the road and remained trapped for sometime under the logs that tumbled on them. The local people rushed a crane from a nearby timber depot to remove the logs and rescue the labourers. Two of the seriously injured labourers, Mani (38) and Vijayan (44), were rushed to the Medical College Hospital in a police vehicle. The others, including the three passengers in the car, escaped with minor injuries.

A recovery truck was used to tow the lorry from the road. The police and Fire Force personnel toiled with local residents for nearly an hour to clear the timber that blocked the road.

Traffic was restored on the National Highway by 9.20 p.m. The Superintendent of Police (Rural), P. Vijayan, and the Assistant Commissioner (Fort), Mohanan Nair, led the operation.

The Nemom police have registered a case. The police said that the lorry had been overloaded.

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