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Kailasagiri accident toll rises to two

The toll in the accident at Kailasagiri Hill that took place on Saturday rose to two, as the driver of the battery operated car Harry Abraham died on Sunday morning while undergoing treatment in a hospital.

A woman tourist K Venkata Rajayalakshmi (37) from Bengaluru died and five others, including the driver, suffered injuries when the battery-operated car hit an iron pole near the bus stop atop Kailasagiri Hill on Saturday evening.

Arilova Inspector Ch Tirupathi Rao said that Harry Abraham (47) was a native of West Bengal and he had joined as driver of the battery operated car four months ago.

Brake failure

The battery car is operated from the entrance of Kailasagiri Hill to VUDA Telugu Museum, a distance of about 1.5 km, on the hill and the incident took place when the car was returning to the bus stop, allegedly due to failure of brakes, he added. “Preliminary investigation has revealed that the incident took place due to lack of speed breakers. We will write a letter to VUDA to construct a few speed breakers,” said Mr. Tirupathi Rao, adding Rajyalakshmi and Abraham died of head injuries.

“Though there was no need to obtain permission for the operation of battery-operated cars, as per the new guidelines, we urged RTA officials to suggest measures to prevent such incidents, he added.

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