According to sources in the police dept, the driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve. The deceased all hail from the Aralakuppe village in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district, Mysore. Sources claim that the highway is highly accident-prone and statistics suggest atleast one death a day here. The road is extremely popular for holiday-goers travelling to Ooty and the road also leads to Mysore airport.
Part of a marriage party, all of the 27 deceased were relatives of the bride, and another six were rescued of which only two survived. According to police, the vehicle crashed into the lake and before it sank completely, the driver and helper managed to escape and swam ashore. "Culverts could have averted the tragedy," police commented.
Th stretch of road near Undabattina Lake lacks culverts on either side of the road. The danger only heightened, since both sides are covered by water bodies.