TIRUPATI: A 30-year-old woman met a watery grave when a vehicle was submerged in stagnant rainwater at a railway under bridge near the West Church locality in the temple town late Friday night. The other occupants of the vehicle were rescued.
The victim was identified as Surupur Sandhya, a newlywed bride from Raichur in Karnataka. The incident occurred while Sandhya, along with seven of her family members, was going to Tirumala in a Toofan vehicle. Heavy rain lashed the temple town for about two hours late Friday night inundating several low-lying areas.
SVU police station CI N Ravindranath said the railway underpass was completely inundated. When the ill-fated Toofan reached the underpass, the occupants of the vehicle and some locals reportedly warned the driver against wading through the fully submerged railway under bridge.The driver, however, went ahead and the vehicle got stuck in stagnant rainwater. The driver managed to come out of the vehicle safely.
Having learnt about the incident, Blue Colts and Rakshak teams rushed to the spot and took up rescue operation in total darkness as power supply in the area was disrupted due to heavy rain. The police teams tied a rope to the vehicle stuck in stagnant water and pulled it out with the help of another car.
All occupants of the vehicle could be rescued except Sandhya, the CI said. One of the occupants, two-and-a-half-year-old Vinmayi, fell unconscious and she was shifted to SVR Ruia Government General Hospital. Dr Manohar, in-charge of the paediatric ward, told TNIE that the baby was out of danger.MLA Bhumana Karunakar Reddy, said an action plan would be evolved to avert recurrence of such incidents in the future.
7 occupants rescued
- Seven occupants of a submerged Toofan vehicle were rescued by Blue Colts and Rakshak teams.
- They tied a rope to the vehicle stuck in stagnant water and pulled it out with the help of another car.
- A little girl fell unconscious and she was shifted to Ruia Hospital. She is said to be out of danger