CHENNAI: Footboard travel on an MTC bus cost the life of a 17-year-old student who was on his way to buy text books, at Selaiyur in East Tambaram here on Monday.
Police said Suresh, a resident of Annai Sathya Nagar in Agaram and a Class XII student of a Government School in Thiruvanchery, was travelling on an MTC bus (route 51A), plying between Agaram and Tambaram East, along with his friend Mani, to purchase a study material. When the bus was passing through Ambedkar Nagar in Selaiyur, it jolted while negotiating a road bump and Suresh, who was travelling on the footboard at the front entrance, fell down. Subsequently he came under the rear wheels of the bus and died on the spot. The body was moved to the Chrompet Government Hospital for postmortem. Traffic was affected on Agaram Road for a while, following the accident.
Sources said that the frequency of bus services connecting Agaram and other parts of the city was poor.