CHENNAI: In yet another mishap involving young children, a two-and-a-half year old boy was crushed under the wheels of a Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) bus on Tuesday when the two-wheeler he was riding in with his mother was knocked down by the bus on the Grand Southern Trunk road near Kathipara Grade Separator around noon. The boy’s mother suffered grievous injuries and was being treated at a private hospital. This is the third case of a toddler dying in a road accident in the city in the last three days.
Police said Aaron (2) was riding with his mother Rosalyne Gayathri (30) from their residence in Nanmagalam to a salon in Saidapet where the woman works as a beautician. The two left home after the boy’s father, Rajesh, an employee of a private insurance company, had gone for work.
Rosalyn took the U-turn near St Thomas Mount-General Post Office (GPO) and was proceeding towards Guindy when the MTC bus, plying on route G70 between Guduvancherry and Vadapalani, hit the her two-wheeler. In the impact, Aaron fell off the vehicle and was crushed under the bus. He died on the spot. The body of the toddler was moved to the Chrompet Government Hospital for post-mortem. Rosalyn was being treated at a private hospital for grevious injuries.
Bus driver Selvam, a resident of Porur, was booked for causing death due to negligent, and rash driving. He was subsequently arrested by Mount Traffic Wing and remanded to judicial custody.
The accident follows the tragic deaths of two-year-old Varshan and three-year old-girl Aparna on Monday and Sunday respectively. While Varshan was run over by a school bus ferrying his elder sister to school in Tiruvallur, Aparna was crushed by a reversing car in Kancheepuram district.