A NLC engineer and his wife sustained severe injuries after the car in which they were travelling rammed a lorry and a van, here at Perani near Vikravandi on Sunday evening.
R Mani (58), employed as an assistant executive engineer at the electrical department of NLC and his wife Vijayarani (55), of Neyveli Town were returning from Chennai by car.
On Sunday evening, when the couple were proceeding towards Perani village near Vikravandi, a speeding cement-laden lorry, which was trying to overtake their car, collided with the car from behind.
Mani, who was behind the wheel, lost control of the car and rammed a NHAI van which engaged in maintenance work on highway.
Based on an account from an eye-witness, it was revealed that the NHAI van driver was having a conversation with a fellow employee, while watering plants on the road median, all the while blocking the way for other vehicles. On seeing the car approaching, the van driver jumped off and ran for his life.
Mani’s car went up in flames after colliding with the van, following which fire personnel from Villupuram promptly arrived at the spot and doused the fire. The traffic on NH-45 was affected for over two hours following the accident.
The commuters on the route, rescued the duo and rushed them to the Mundiyambakkam Government Hospital nearby. Mani managed to escape with minor injuries while Vijayarani who was grievously injured, has been receiving treatment.
Based on a complaint lodged by Mani, Vikravandi police inspector Kumar registered a case and is investigating. Meanwhile, police launched a search for the cement lorry driver, who had fled the scene following the accident.