CHENNAI: A 40-year-old flower vendor was fatally ran over by a Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) bus while she was crossing the road near Moolakadai Junction on Thursday. The victim, Manjula, residing nearby, walked out of her home to buy milk when she met with the accident around 8 am, police said.
The bus (route no.170C) plying between Manali and Guindy was coming from the Madhavaram bus depot. There was no passenger in the bus but the driver lost control of the vehicle and swerved left running over the woman. The bus came to a screeching halt before hitting a two wheeler. The biker escaped with minor injuries, police added.
Locals rushed to the aid of the woman and the injured biker. Manjula was taken to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead on arrival. Her body was moved to the Government Stanley Hospital for autopsy.
Meanwhile, irate public staged a road blockade demanding action against the bus driver.
Madhavaram Traffic investigation wing registered a case of rash and negligent driving and arrested the driver Sekar (45). Police said faulty brakes had led to the accident. Further investigations are on.
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