CHENNAI: An MTC bus and a car were trapped in a hole after the road suddenly caved in on Anna Salai, also called Mount Road, near the US consulate on Sunday afternoon. No casualties have been reported as the passengers in both vehicles were evacuated immediately. Efforts are underway to fill the pit with concrete. However, workers say it will take atleast five hours to refill the pit.
According to eyewitnesses, the bus with a few passengers was at the bus stop around 2:30 pm when mild tremors were felt. Within moments it fell into a sudden cave in the road and was followed by a car that was trying to overtake the bus.
Eyewitnesses said no major injuries were caused and passengers were taken out of the vehicles.
The police have cordoned off the area and are in the process of recovering the bus and car.
Sudden caving in of roads has often been reported since the construction of the underground Metrorail stretch began along this arterial road. While about a dozen of such incidents have occurred over the years, no major casualties have been reported.
Due to sudden caving in of road in Anna Salai in front of Church Park School, the following diversion has been made.
Motorists who want to commute via Anna Salai through GP road will be diverted via Tower Clock, GRH, Royapettah High Road to reach R.K. Salai and proceed to their destination.
Motorists coming via Pattulos Road and Peters Road will be diverted via Conron Smith Road, Lloyds Road to reach Anna Salai and proceed to their destination.
The ‘U’ turn facility in Anna Salai, Whites Road junction will be closed and motorists are requested to use Pattulos Road or GP Road to reach their destination.
A statement from the police requested cooperation from the motorists.