The police identified the victims as Sivaraj (55) of Jeeva Nagar and his daughter Nandhini (25). The two other victims were S Anandharaj (21) a college student of Kottur Road and his friend S Jeevanantham (23) of Kumaran Nagar, Pollachi.
Police sources said that S Mohammed Rafeeq (23) of Coonoor in The Nilgiris was driving the petroleum tanker from Pollachi to Coimbatore in a negligent manner. Sivaraj was riding his bike on the same route with his daughter on the pillion ahead of the tanker. The tanker driver hit the bike knocking the duo down on the Coimbatore Main Road. Immediately after the accident, Rafeeq tried to bring the vehicle under control, but in the process the lorry jumped the median and hit another bike with Anandharaj and Jeevanantham. All the four died on the spot.
Noticing the tanker losing control, the alert driver of a government bus from Coimbatore turned the bus off the road saving the lives of the passengers. Police have registered a case and arrested Rafeeq.