The accident occurred near the Kia Motors Ltd plant outside the city of Penukonda.

Four people were killed in a terrible car accident in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. The incident happened Tuesday morning when the car the four people were traveling in collided with a truck on the NH 44 near the Kia Motors Limited plant outside the city of Penukonda.

According to the police, the accident occurred on Tuesday around 2 a.m. All four passengers in the car died on the spot. Police said they were heading to Kurnool from Yashwantpura in Bengaluru. The car, which was accelerating, hit the truck from behind.

The deceased were identified as Manoj Mittal, 38, Mohammed Alam, 30, and two women – Kanchal Singh and Rekha, both in their late twenties. Manoj came from Bengalurus Yashwantpura, while the others are believed to be from New Delhi.

According to Suk Hari, Penukonda County inspector, the accident happened when the truck changed lanes and suddenly paused at a speed switch, after which the car collided with the truck.

In an interview with TNM the inspector said: “The truck driver suddenly moved the vehicle to the right and took a break, whereupon the car collided with the truck from the left.” He added: “The truck driver is the defendant in this case because he drove the truck on the wrong lane and caused the accident.”

The fleeing driver has yet to be arrested. The bodies of the four deceased were taken to Penukonda Government Hospital for further formalization. According to the inspector, the postportem will be carried out as soon as the relatives of the deceased are contacted from New Delhi.

In early December, four people were killed in the Bathapalli block of Anantapur when a truck drove over them as they tried to rescue another victim. In February, a tourist bus carrying 25 passengers crashed into a ravine in the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. Four people, including an eight-month-old baby, were killed.

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