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Close Shave for Three After Car Rams lorry taking U-turn on National Highway

Published: 01st August 2015 05:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st August 2015 05:13 AM   |  A+A-

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VELLORE:Three persons travelling in a car were injured after the vehicle rammed into a lorry near Perumugai village on NH 46 on Friday.

Perumugai residents said such accidents have become almost a daily occurrence due of the absence of sign boards to indicate a U-turn on the stretch and illegal openings on the road. They demanded that a signboard indicating the presence of a U-turn be put up immediately to alert commuters.

In Friday’s incident, a lorry was entering the NH from Auto Nagar and taking a U-turn towards Vellore, where the car was also headed. Unaware of the U-turn, the car driver rammed into the lorry and the vehicle got trapped under the lorry. Villagers pulled out the occupants by breaking the rear windshield.

“Such accidents can be averted only if a signboard about the U-turn is put up on the stretch,” a resident said. But this is not the only problem the villagers are facing. They complained that pedestrian crossing are not available on the NH near the village. Two villagers were killed while crossing the stretch in the last one month, they pointed out.

A resident said that until a year ago there was a pedestrian passage on the stretch. “But authorities failed to extend the passage when the construction of the six-lane road was taken up on the NH. As a result, the subway is unusable,” he added.

When contacted, authorities claimed villagers were breaking open the median in order to cross the NH, resulting in accidents.



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