The deceased were identified as P Subramani (85) of Karaiyanchavadi near Ponnamalee, his wife Indirani (75), their daughter Mahalakshmi (50), and grand daughter Shanthini (18) and the car driver Paul Dinakaran (24) of Mangadu. Police said Subramani was a retried driver from PWD.
The police said Subramani went to visit the Samayapuram temple in Tiruchy along with his family. Early on Tuesday, they were returning to Chennai in a car. The police said the car was speeding on the GST Road near Maduranthagam when the driver of a lorry loaded with m-sand lost the control of the vehicle and collided with the car.
On the impact, all the five of them who were inside the car died on the spot. The Padalam police who arrived at the spot retrieved the bodies and sent it for post-mortem examination. The police said the lorry driver Thangavel fled after the incident but the lorry has been seized and search is on to nab the driver. Following this the traffic was slow on the GST Road for some time.