08 Aug 2010
Alapuzha: Four persons, including two foreign tourists, were killed when their Innova car hit the Chennai Express at an unmanned level crossing near Maararikulam, Alapuzha on Sunday morning.
Two persons were Dutch citizens Manfred and Katherine. The car driver Thankachan, hailing from Maararikulam, and Shany, an employee of a private resort, were the deceased.
The accident happened at S L Puram level crossing at Poopallikavu at around 10.30 in the morning. The Chennai-Alapuzha Express, going towards Alapuzha, rammed into the car and the impact tore the roof off the car, skidded before winding up on the other side of the tracks.
The car was going to Alapuzha town from Beach area. Two foreign tourists and the driver of the car died on the spot. The third person who suffered serious injuries succumbed later. The bodies have been shifted to the Alapuzha Medical College hospital.
The foreign tourist were staying at a private resort in Alapuzha. The Southern Railway have started investigation into the accident and the Divisional Manager Ashok Kumar visited the accident spot.
District collector Venugopal said that they are trying to collect details about the foreigners from the resort people. He also added that the relatives of the dead would be intimated and the news of the tragedy would be communicated to the concerned embassy officials.