Two South Korean lady tourists were killed and six others injured – one of them seriously - when the SUV (sports utility vehicle) they were travelling in from Satna to Khajuraho collided head-on with a truck on Tuesday morning near Devendra Nagar in Panna, about 440 km north east from Bhopal.
The dead have been identified as Kang Sungwoo, 36 and Chong Hyshyon, 55. The injured, three male and three female members of the tourist party are also from South Korea. The three women, Shin Haewan, 45, Se Beglye, 58, Yun Myung-Ke, 63 and three men Lee Chongstop, 49, Jeong Bo-hi, 58 and Lee In-Soon, 62 were rushed to a government hospital in Satna. Jeong Bo-hi and the SUV driver Sanju Sahu were in serious condition at the Hospital.
The accident that took place at around 8.30 am due to dense fog. "The fog in the morning is so thick that the visibility is only 15 metres. The vehicles were badly damaged in the crash," Superintendent of Police, Panna district, R K Shivhare told Hindustan Times.
The driver of the truck (MP 20, HB 1339), Harlal Kurmi, 46, of Garhakota in Sagar district, has been arrested, the SP said. The injured were rushed to government hospital in Satna.
The SHO of Devendra Nagar Police Station, Ismail Khan told Hindustan Times that a group of 33 South Korean tourists had alighted at Satna railway station in the morning from the 1055 UP Godan Express that they had taken from Bhusaval in Maharashtra last night after visiting the world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora.
The group led by Ms Kim Hee Kyung was going to another world heritage site Khajuraho (Chhatarpur district) in 5 vehicles. The Travera (MP 16 T 0701) was first in the five vehcile convoy that collided with the truck about two km from the Devendra Nagar Police Station, the SHO said. ``The driver of the truck was also injured as the vehicles got totally entangled,’’ Khan said.
The bodies of the two South Korean nationals have been kept at the Panna district hospital morgue and would be handed over to either the family members or the group leader after completion of formalities under the guidance of the South Korean Embassy, the SP said.