Hyderabad, August 09:

Five members of a family were killed when a car which they were travelling in rammed into a truck from rear in Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district in the early hours of Monday, the police said.

The accident took place at Cumbam town on Amaravati-Anantapur highway around 4.30 am. The deceased, including three women, hailed from Sirigiripadu village in Veldurti mandal of Palnadu district, a police official from Cumbam police station said, who did not wish to be named.

“Preliminary investigation have revealed that the car was being driven at a high speed and the driver failed to notice the truck going on at a slow pace at a road curve, as a result of which it rammed into the truck from the rear side,” he said.

There were five passengers in the car and all of them died on the spot, said the police. On receiving the information about the accident, the Cumbam police rushed to the scene and shifted the bodies to a nearby government hospital for autopsy.

The deceased have been identified as Animi Reddy (60), Guravamma (60), Anantamma (55), Adilaxmi (58) and Nagi Reddy (24). The victims were on their way to Tirupati from Macherla in Palanad district, he said.

The police have registered a case of accident under Section 80 (accident in doing a lawful act) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and are investigating the matter.