A freak and tragic incident caused the painful death of three little girls who died after being trapped in a car at Mellacheruvu in Nalgonda district on Wednesday evening. They apparently died of suffocation after being locked inside for six hours in the scorching heat, even as their parents were searching for them.
The Opel Corsa car belonged to Mr B. Narasimha Rao, a farmer, who had parked it in front of his residence in Mill Bazaar. According to K. Srinivasa Rao, a relative of one of the girls, the three girls were playing outside at around 11 am when they saw the car and got into it. The doors got locked automatically when they got in. Though they must have made attempts to attract the attention of passers-by, it was difficult to see inside as the glass was tinted.
Around 5pm Mr Narasimha Rao’s son opened the car to take out his toy and saw the girls and raised the alarm. Doctors said that the girls died of asphyxia (suffocation) and internal burns. When their bodies were retrieved from the car, the skin was peeling off.