Driver falls to death off flyover

Man driving SUV at high speed rams railing of Alwarpet overbridge, flies off 50m and lands on a car below on another car passing through the C P Ramaswamy Road and TTK Road intersection and died instantaneously.

Published: 17th April 2013 07:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th April 2013 07:38 AM   |  A+A-

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A 58-year-old man was thrown off the Alwarpet Flyover after the vehicle he was driving rammed the railing of the flyover on Tuesday afternoon.

He landed 50 feet below on another car passing through the C P Ramaswamy Road and TTK Road intersection and died instantaneously.

Police identified the deceased as A Stephen, a resident of 5th Cross Street, CIT Colony, Mylapore, and said that the accident occurred around 12 30 pm.

The vehicle he was driving, an SUV, was recently auctioned off by the defence forces and the victim was heading home, police said.

Stephen apparently was not wearing the seat belt and was thrown off the vehicle in the impact of the collision.

According to eyewitnesses, they heard three loud thuds: two on top of the flyover and third when Stephen landed on another moving car below the flyover.

Stephen’s vehicle ran a few more metres before finally coming to a halt.

Luckily, it did not roll over the railings of the flyover and land on the road near a petrol station below. A major disaster was averted as several vehicles were plying on the road at that time.

The rear windshield of the car on which Stephen landed was damaged.

Rajkumar, an autorickshaw driver, told Express that the car was driven at high speed on the flyover and the driver ignored the sharp curve on the flyover that led to CP Ramaswamy Road.

“Earlier, there used to be a couple of speed brakers on the flyover to restrict the speed of vehicles ahead of that bend. However, they were removed for some reason,” he added.

“I heard the loud thuds while crossing that intersection. I rushed to the spot and saw the man lying in a pool of blood and a white sedan soaked in his blood. A simple precaution of wearing the seat belt could have saved the man from death,” Rajkumar added.

Police said the body was moved to Government Royapettah Hospital for post mortem.

The deceased, who was an AC mechanic, is survived by wife and two daughters. Adyar Traffic Investigation registered a case and are investigating.

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