Octogenarian dies in freak accident

In a freak accident near Poonamalle on Monday, an 80-year-old man seated in the front seat of an Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) bus was killed after he was flung on to the road through the windshield when the driver applied the emergency brakes.

Published: 29th October 2013 09:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th October 2013 09:59 AM   |  A+A-

In a freak accident near Poonamalle on Monday, an 80-year-old man seated in the front seat of an Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) bus was killed after he was flung on to the road through the windshield when the driver applied the emergency brakes.

The victim, Govindan, was travelling in the bus (route no. 62) along with his wife Ranganayaki (65).

The couple, residing at Arcot in Vellore, was returning after visiting their daughter at Ambattur when Govindan met with the tragic end.

Police said Govindan was seated in the single seat on the left row of the bus which is usually reserved for the bus conductor, while Ranganayaki was seated behind.

“A bike had suddenly come in the way of the bus. So, to avoid hitting him, the driver applied the brakes and the bus halted after hitting a median. In the impact, Govindan was thrown off his seat and breaking the front window shield, he fell on the road,” said Inspector (Traffic Investigation Wing) Gunasekaran.

Police said the windshield would have cracked after the bus hit the median and broken after Govindan landed on it.

The accident took place on the Poonamallee Trunk Road near Arignar Anna Government Higher Secondary School around 10 am.

Govindan was rushed to the Poonamallee Government Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.

Police said none of the other passengers was  injured in the mishap and the bus driver Rajendran had been booked.

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