Bengaluru: Four people died after the auto rickshaw they were travelling in with seven others collided head-on with a private bus. A woman, her two daughters and her cousin were the four people, who died in the accident that took place near Viswanathapura in Devanahalli, Bengaluru, on Monday morning.

The auto rickshaw was carrying 12 members, including the driver. According to reports, the axle of the auto broke and the vehicle drifted to the right. It collided with a private bus coming from the opposite direction. Passersby rushed the injured people to the hospital. But the doctors declared four of them dead.

Reports said that the police dismissed the initial reports that stated that the accident occurred as the auto driver was trying to avoid potholes. A police officer reportedly said that though there are potholes on the road, the accident took place because the axle of the vehicle broke.

The deceased four – Hasina Mohammad (35), her daughters Zoya Mohammad (5) and Shaijia Mohammad (8) and cousin, Sania R (17) -- were heading to the deputy commissioner’s office in Chapparakkallu in Devanahalli to correct a few details in the Aadhaar cards.

The deceased were residents of Giddappanahalli in Hoskote. Hasina was a daily wage worker, her daughters were students of Vishwanathapura government school. Sania, according to reports, was an SSLC student, who also helped Hasina with her household chores. Hasina’s husband was also a daily wage worker.

The auto rickshaw driver, Abu Ahmed, who is also a cousin of Hasina, has been moved to Devanahalli government hospital. He had also been on his way to get some corrections done in his Aadhaar card. Two other passengers in the auto were injured as well.

The transport department officials are conducting an investigation to understand how the axle of the auto rickshaw broke and to check if overloading was a reason.