HASSAN: Four members of a family, including a four-year-old child, were burnt alive when their on NH-75 near in the district on Thursday mor ning.

The deceased, Vivek Nayak, 52, wife Reshma, 45, and children Vinanthi, 12, and Vineeth, 4, were from Kundapur in Udupi district. They had been living at and Vivek worked in a firm dealing in sports cars.

The accident occurred around 8.30am near Udayapur when the family was travelling from Bengaluru to Hassan, police said. The car rammed an electric pole and then hit the wall of a toilet off the highway. In the double impact, the engine caught fire and engulfed the vehicle in seconds. Those on board the car could not escape and were charred to death, police stated.

Passersby rushed to their help and tried to pull them out, but in vain. Channarayapatna Rural police arrived at the spot and shifted the bodies to the Government Hospital for postmortem. A case has been registered at Channarayapatna Rural police station.

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