Hyderabad: Six persons have died when the Scorpio car in which they were traveling fell into the left canal of the Nagarjuna Sagar irrigation project near Chakirala of Nadigudem mandal in Suryapet district last night. The bodies were extracted from the vehicle which was pulled out from the canal this afternoon by the NDRF team, after nearly eight hours of struggle.
The incident occurred as the speeding SUV reportedly rammed into the railing of the Hyderabad-Vijayawada National Highway road and plunged into the canal around 11 PM on Friday. The six men were returning from the wedding of their colleague in Nadigudem. All of them have been identified as the staff of a private hospital in Hyderabad. The guests from the wedding were traveling in two vehicles, one with five members and another with six. One of the vehicles fell into the canal. The dead were identified as Abdul Aziz (45), Rajesh (29), Johnson (33), Santosh Kumar (23), Nagesh (35) and Pavan Kumar (23).
According to an eyewitness, a colleague of the drowned men who was travelling in the other vehicle, the SUV floated along for a while after falling into the canal and then sank and disappeared.
The Munagala police said that they were unable to locate the drowned four-wheeler or the passengers since the canal is in heavy flow. State disaster management forces have been roped in for rescue operations along with the local police. District Collector Ameya Kumar and District SP R Bhaskaran are overseeing the rescue operations. Local MLA Bollem Mallaiah Yadav has also rushed to the spot on being informed about the accident.
The NDRF personnel were able to pull out the vehicle only this afternoon, and found the six bodies in it. The bodies were shifted to Kodad Hospital for post-mortem.