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Tamil Nadu: 8 Devotees killed as car falls into 40-feet deep gorge in Theni

Around 10 people were returning after visiting the Sabarimala temple in a car when the driver lost control of the vehicle. After hitting the mountain, the car fell into a 40 feet deep gorge, in which seven people died on the spot.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Theni (Tamil Nadu): Eight pilgrims returning from Sabarimala died on Friday after their car fell into a 40-feet deep gorge at Kumili mountain pass in Theni district. All the passengers in the vehicle were residents of Theni. District Collector K V Muralidharan said that around 10 people were returning in a car after visiting the Sabarimala temple, when the driver lost control of the vehicle. After hitting the mountain, the car fell into a 40 feet deep gorge, in which seven people died on the spot.

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Ten Ayyappa devotees from Sanmugasundarapuram village near Andipatti, were headed home after visiting Sabarimala when their car met with an accident late Friday.

They were close to Iraichalpalam on the Kumuli mountain road, when the car plunged into a pit about 50 feet deep.

“Eight devotees died after their car plunged into a 40-feet-deep pit at Kumuli mountain pass in Theni district,” KV Muralidharan, District Collector, Theni said, adding that two persons have been rescued and rushed to a hospital.

The two rescued include a 9-year-old boy. They were severely injured and were rushed to the nearby government hospital where first aid was provided.

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