2 Youth Die, 3 Others Hurt as Car Crashes
CHENNAI: In an incident which once again highlights how the highways around Chennai continue to be death traps for the city’s youth who overspeed on the relatively free roads, two college students were killed and three others suffered injuries when their speeding car crashed on a median on the Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road on Thursday. The Volkswagen Polo car was reportedly driven at over 100 kmph and under the impact rolled over at least four times.
The five students of the SRM College of Arts and Science at Kattankulathur were travelling to the college at around 10.30 am when their speeding turned fatal. “Eyewitnesses said the car rolled over at least four times before it came to a halt. This suggests that the car was moving at over 100 kmph,” said a police officer. No other vehicle was involved in the accident which suggested that the car hit the median due to overspeeding.
When passersby and police pulled the occupants out, two of them seated in the front were dead. The deceased were identified as S Balaji (19), resident of Korukkupet, and G Logesh, resident of Washermenpet. Three other students, S Vignesh (20), S Barath (19) and P Ashwin (19), who were in the rear seat escaped with minor injuries.
Logesh was a second year B. Sc Visual Communication student while the others are final year B.Com students. “Every day all of them travel to the college in the car owned by Balaji, who was driving it,” said a police officer. One of the students who survived the accident said they took the Vandalur-Kelambakkam road to avoid the heavy traffic between Perungalathur and Vandalur on GST road. The car was nearing the parking area of the Vandalur zoo when the accident took place.
A large number of students gathered at the Government Chromepet Hospital as news about the accident spread. The car which crumbled under the impact was seized by Otteri police.
It may be recalled that actor Nasser’s son N Abdul Asan Faizal was injured and three of his friends died when their car collided with a lorry on the ECR last May.