Chennai: Four including school student killed in separate accidents

The bus dragged the two-wheeler along with Vittal Raj for some distance before coming to a halt.

Chennai: Four people, including a school student, were killed in different accidents that happened across the city.

Police said Vittal Raj (16), son of Vincent, who works in the postal department, residing off NH Road, Periamet, was a class XII student at an Anglo-Indian school in the neighbourhood.

Vittal Raj had borrowed his elder brother Williams’ bike to appear for practical examinations. At around 10 am, Vittal Raj, who rode over the Doveton Flyover, attempted to overtake MTC route 59 A bus. He lost balance after the motorcycle brushed the side of MTC bus.

The bus dragged the two-wheeler along with Vittal Raj for some distance before coming to a halt. He was not wearing a helmet and died on the spot. Bus driver Bhaskaran, (52), was arrested by the city police on charges of causing death due to rash and negligent driving.

In another accident reported on Royapettah High Road flyover, Sethu, (70), who was riding his two-wheeler, was killed after being mowed down by another two-wheeler rider Gowtham Anand, at around 8 pm, on Monday. Gowtham Anand was arrested in this connection.

In yet another incident reported in Tiruvanmiyur, Ponraju (30), a native of Tutucorin was run over to death by a lorry, on Monday night. The lorry driver Veeramani (42) was arrested.

In a freak accident, Nataraj, (45), resident of Ramapuram, who slipped and fell from the third floor of a construction site in Tiruvanmiyur, succumbed to the injuries on Monday evening.

Nataraj was standing on the third floor on a temporary lift setup with local pulleys to lift the construction materials. An insecure pulley that was hanging from the lift platform got entangled to an autorickshaw which halted near the building and moved off.

The forward movement of the autorickshaw brought down Nataraj who was severely injured. He was rushed to a private hospital in Adyar where he succumbed to his injuries.

“The construction site was fully exposed, and a simple cover of sheets or net could have averted the freak accident”, said a senior police official privy to the investigation. The building owner, Arumugam (45), was arrested on charges of causing death due to negligence.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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