As road caves in, Metro Rail denies bringing traffic down

Driving on Anna Salai became a scary affair on Sunday as the road caved in near the Gemini flyover, trapping an MTC bus with about 25 passengers and a car.

Published: 10th April 2017 02:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th April 2017 04:11 AM   |  A+A-

The car and bus that sank into the crater on Anna Salai on Sunday | ASHWIN PRASATH

Express News Service

CHENNAI: Driving on Anna Salai became a scary affair on Sunday as the road caved in near the Gemini flyover, trapping an MTC bus with about 25 passengers and a car. Luckily, none suffered major injuries and all of them got out of the vehicles quickly.The Chennai Metro Rail had been carrying out tunnelling work for the underground track about 18 m beneath the Thousand Lights-DMS stretch. But the CMRL attributed the incident to “the existing loose soil pocket”.

“There was a crack in the road, a mild tremor, and the bus started going in; the passengers rushed out. Then, a car close behind also went in,” recounted A Saravanan, who watched the incident that happened around 2 pm near the Church Park bus stop. Saravanan and others stopped other vehicles approaching the spot.

The police blocked traffic mo­v­e­m­ent on the arterial road and wi­thin a few hours, both vehicles were pulled out. The ho­­l­­e was fi­­l­led with concrete and Metro Rail said the road would again be safe for use by Monday mor­­n­i­ng.

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