CHENNAI: On Monday, a car bursting into flames was reported. This was the third such incident within a span of ten days in the city.
In the Guindy incident, Mohammed Akbar (48), a businessman and native of Neyveli, his wife and a relative were travelling in the Maruti 800 car which was driven by their driver Veeramani. “The members were on their way to the Cancer Institute in Adyar, when the car, nearing Guindy, the driver noticed smoke from the engine, he immediately alerted the inmates and evacuated them,” said a senior police officer.
“Soon after the members got out of the car, the vehicle went up in flames. The Fire and Rescue Services rushed to the spot who took about an hour to douse the fire,” said the officer.
Traffic was disrupted for about two hours due to the incident.
In a similar incident, on April 27, over 20 students of a private engineering college in the city travelling in their institution bus proceeding towards Guindy had a narrow escape when fire engulfed the vehicle on Sardar Patel Road.
Same way, a white Scorpio car went up in flames near Kathipara Bridge on April 22 afternoon. Ten passengers including seven women, two children and the driver were travelling towards Senji to attend a funeral, when the incident was reported.