VILLUPURAM: Four persons, including three women, were killed and 20 others injured when the private bus in which they were travelling overturned on the ECR near Marakkanam early Saturday morning.
According to sources, the bus with 30 passengers was going from Nagapattinam to Chennai on Friday night with Murugan (42) of Thiruthandavam village in Ramanathapuram district behind the wheel.
Around 3.30 am, the driver lost control over the bus and it turned over.
Four of the passengers-M Dilsad Begham (29) of Chidamabaram, Sembayan (53) and R Chitra (50) of Karaikkal and Sayeedullah Bheevi (25) of Nagur-got trapped under the vehicle and died on the spot. Over 20 others, including the driver, sustained serious injuries and started screaming for help.
On information, Marakkanam police came to the spot and sent the injured to Pondicherry Institute of Medical Science hospital and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) .
As the accident spot was under the Kancheepuram limits, Marakkanam police informed Sunambedu police, who sent the bodies to the Government Kancheepuram Hospital for an autopsy.
Confusion prevailed between Villupuram and Kancheepuram district police over where to register the case, which delayed clearing the damaged bus from the accident spot. This disrupted traffic on the Puducherry-Chennai road for nearly five hours. Later, Kottakuppam ASP Nisha Parthiban and Madhuranthagam DSP Rajendiran came and decided that Sunambedu police should file the case.