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Two killed, 14 injured in a road accident at Salem highway on Tuesday morning

Chennai, September 14 (IANS)

Two persons were killed and fourteen grievously injured when a stone-laden truck crashed into a septic tank, a suction truck that was in a broke down condition and parked on the roadside at Thoopuur in Dharmapuri- Salem highway on Tuesday early morning.

The driver of the Septic tank suction truck, Rathnavel of Tiruchy, and the driver of the stone-laden truck, Sidhyan of Edappadi in Salem died on the spot. Fourteen people including workers who were engaged in fixing the septic tank suction truck were grievously injured and admitted to Dharmapuri government medical college hospital.

Police sources said that the Salem bound Septic tank suction truck was parked on the roadside after it broke down and a stone laden truck that was coming to Salem from Krishnagiri lost control and rammed into the truck.  Another truck from Gujarat carrying potatoes and headed towards Avinashi and a container truck that was closely following it crashed into the trucks leading to a pile-up of vehicles, Police said.

A large posse of police cleared the traffic jam that resulted from the accidents and piling up of vehicles.