Four persons including a forest department run school teacher and a five-year-old girl were killed and seven others injured in three different road accidents in Tiruvannamalai district on Monday.
In the first accident, a 38-year-old forest department school teacher K Chandru was killed when a speeding vehicle hit the motorbike that he was riding. The accident took place at Gangasudamani Junction near Chetpet around 7.30 am.
Chandru was heading towards his native village Periyakolathur from Chetpet. The SUV vehicle coming from the opposite direction hit his two-wheeler killing him on the spot. The Chetpet Police registered a case against Elumalai (32) of Annathaimangalam village and released him on bail. The police sent Chandru’s body to the government hospital for post-mortem.
Noon meal worker Amutha (48) and Chellappan (40), both natives of Erumpur village, were killed and three others injured in another accident involving a government bus and a mini-van, at Erumpur Junction during the early hours of Monday.
Amutha, who was working as noon meal organiser in Vysarpadi in Chennai, had gone to her native village along with her daughter Sumathi (22), to inspect a house being constructed by her relative Pradeep. Amutha along with her daughter and Pradeep (25) took a mini-van to reach the bus stand to board a bus to Chennai. However, Mohan Raj, the driver of the van drove the vehicle rashly resulting in the accident, police said.
In another incident, the driver of a Puducherry-bound government bus from Vandavasi, coming from the opposite direction, took a sharp turn to the right to avoid collision with the minivan. However, the bus ran over a person Chellappan, who was waiting for bus and hit the mini-van.
In the accident, Amutha and Chellappan died on the spot while Sumathi, Raj and Pradeep sustained serious injuries and were admitted to the government hospital in Vandavasi. The Vadavanakambadi police registered a case and began investigations.
In another accident that took place on the outskirts of Keeranur near Vettavalam, a five-year-old girl was killed while four of her family members sustained grievous injuries.
Sankar (30), a resident of Bangalore, along with his wife Vasuki (29) and three daughters - Gayathri (7), Kaviya (5) and Oviya (3) was on his way to his native village Varikal in Villupuram district, to attend their relative’s marriage. Sankar was driving the car.
The accident occurred around 5.30 am on Sunday when the car was nearing Keeranur.
Sankar applied the brakes suddenly on seeing a pit ahead of a culvert. In the process, he lost control of the vehicle and rammed a roadside tree, killing Kaviya on the spot.
The villagers, alerted the ambulance service and police. The injured were shifted to the TGMCH. The Vettavalam police registered a case and began an investigation.