Puttur: Periyashanti, a small hamlet located on NH 48, is often in the news but it is for wrong reasons.
The turns on the highway are treacherous. Most of the time, drivers from inland Karnataka who are used to driving on the plains beyond the ghats, fail to gauge the hazards posed by the terrain in the district.
However carefully they may drive on the ghat roads which have several hairpin bends, once they arrive past Gundya, they tend to ignore road pattern. Besides, all pigrims arriving in the district have a tendency to cover as many temples in a single trip in the day. This mainly causes road mishaps.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a Traveller Tempo vehicle carrying pilgrims, all residents of Rajajinagar in Bengaluru, to Dharmasthala, went out of the control of its driver at the Koramenu turn near Periyashanti. It rolled over into a ditch by the side.
Deepak (11), son of Babu, is said to have died on the spot. Thirteen others, whose names have been given as Lakshmi, Shakuntala, Deepak’s father Babu, Deepika, Suresh, Rani, Nagaraj, Kiran, Jamuna, Ravikumar, Lata, Krittika and Arvind, who were injured, were admitted to different hospitals in Mangaluru.