CHENNAI: Seven persons were killed in separate accidents in Kancheepuram and Villupuram district since Sunday.
In the first incident, a mother and son from Alappakkam, Chennai - Jeyabharathi and Saravanan - and two others were travelling in car near Tiruttani when the vehicle hit the median and veered off into a roadside ditch. Jeyabharathi and Saravanan died on the spot while the other two, who got injured, were sent to the Government Tiruttani Hospital.
In the second incident, a van carrying four persons rammed into a lorry on the Chennai- Bengaluru Highway, killing two of them. The deceased were Rakesh and his wife Vinitha of Sowcarpet, Chennai, while their children Mannan and Viji suffered grievous injuries.
In the third incident on East Coast Road, one person died and seven others were injured when a Puducherry Road Transport Corporation bus coming to Chennai overturned near Koovathur after running into a road-block set up with sandbags, as part of the road-widening work. The deceased was Danasekharan from Kadampakkam in Kancheepuram.
In Villupuram, a 10-year-old boy was electrocuted when he stepped on a live high-voltage electric wire lying on a farmland near Thirunavalur on Monday morning.
According to a source, Kaliyaperumal of Sethamangalam village near Thirunavalur studying in Class V in a government primary school went to the farmland to defecate owing to lack of a toilet in his house, when he accidentally stepped on the wire that had snapped in the heavy rain. The shock killed the boy on the spot. People nearby informed the Thirunavalur police and his father Vengatesan, a farm labourer.
In a hit-and-run incident near Thiruvennainallur, a 70-year-old woman was killed by a speeding vehicle on Sunday. Police said Ganansoundari of Mathampattu village had gone to a church in the village on Sunday evening and was returning home, when a speeding vehicle hit her near the Mathampattu bus stop.
Passersby, who saw the woman dead, informed her relatives and police. A hunt was launched to trace the vehicle.