Speed Thrill kills Trio on ECR, Condition of Nasser’s Son Critical - The New Indian Express

Speed Thrill kills Trio on ECR, Condition of Nasser’s Son Critical

Published: 23rd May 2014 02:17 AM

Last Updated: 23rd May 2014 07:51 AM

CHENNAI: A high-speed car crash on one of the few narrow stretches of the East Coast Road, killed three young men from the city and left two others, one of whom is veteran actor Nasser’s elder son Noorul Asan Faizal, battling for their lives. When an ambulance crew responded to the accident call on the ECR, a little after 8 am on Thursday, even they weren’t prepared for such a carnage. The mangled remains of an almost brand-new Volkswagen Polo GT — a car touted to be adept at speeds of up to 180 kmph — were found wedged into the left fender of the tanker lorry that it collided with. And all five young men were trapped inside. “It took some work between the police and our technicians to extract them, but we managed it as quickly as possible,” said a spokesperson of 108 services.

Unfortunately, three of them were declared dead and two others — Faizal (26) and S Vijaya Kumar (23) — were taken to the Chengalpattu GH with severe head injuries and bleeding. Between the cops and witnesses, there is little discord as to whose fault the crash was. “They were driving at a very high speed when they crossed my shop. I remember that my wife cursed them when they zoomed past, as she was trying to cross the road,” said Deva, who has a small shop, half a kilometre away from the crash site, at Manamai. Mere seconds later, the morning calm was shattered by a mighty crash that sounded like a “bomb going off”.

When a few labourers rushed there, they found that the car had driven all the way across the opposite side of the two-lane stretch, and had been on the pavement when it hit the lorry. “They were attempting to overtake three vehicles by driving down the wrong side and cutting into their lane, as a lorry came towards them in the right lane,” recounted Marthandan, who was riding on his moped. “They didn’t make it.”  

Lorry Driver says Car Did Not Overtake

With no way to cut into their lane and not wanting to collide with the lorry in the right lane, the driver tried to veer past the lorry and drive off the road, in a last ditch attempt. “The left side of the car hit the lorry’s corner fender and the car crumpled on impact. We were called by the local people, and only after we got here, did we know that it was such a bad accident,” said a police officer, as he supervised a police team that was towing the mangled remains of the car to the police yard.

However, police said lorry driver S Sudalaimani had clearly stated that the car was not overtaking any vehicle. Two hours later, all that remained was a massive black oil spill on the expressway, surrounded by bits of debris — headrests, mirrors, a burnt number plate, and a shattered pair of spectacles, belonging to one of the victims. A lone relic of another horror that had been swept by the wayside. The three deceased are Syed Abu Nisal (23), R Jithu (23) and S Sankar (24). Police said all five were friends and were running an animation company at Perungudi. They were returning after visiting Puducherry.   Trauma Tale

As soon as they reached Chengalpet GH, the extent of their head injuries was assessed and they were dispatched to Chettinad Health City on the OMR. As soon as they reached, neuro and trauma surgeons got to work and attempted to stabilise the two survivors. “Nasser’s son was in slightly better shape and we were able to let the neurosurgeons operate on him. The bleeding and haemmorhages in his cranial cavity have been stopped and he is in the ICU now. We are observing him and will be able to talk about his recovery only after 24 hours,” said Chettinad’s Dean Dr Ravindran.

The same cheer didn’t extend to Vijayakumar, as his head injuries were much more extensive, making surgery a non-viable option till he stabilised. A shocked Nasser and wife Kameela rushed to the hospital.

“All the way there they kept hearing that he was critical and would not survive, so when the doctors gave word that a recovery may be possible, they were both in tears,” said a source close to the family. Fellow actors, including Radhika Sarathkumar, visited the hospital to show solidarity.

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