CHENNAI: A portion of a dug-up drain, which was left open near the road, proved fatal for a 45-year-old CRPF personnel as he was crushed to death by a truck after his two-wheeler slipped on the busy MTH road.
The incident happened near the bus-stand at Thirumullaivoyal on Friday evening when Saravanan (45), a CRPF officer, was on his way to the Meenambakkam airport to drop Raja (45), a native of Avadi, who is serving in Assam as a CRPF personnel in special battalion and had come home for vacation.
“The bike felt a sudden bump near the open drainage and the duo fell. Raja riding pillion was thrown to the middle of the road and was run over by a container truck. Saravanan sustained minor injuries,” said an eye-witness.
Raja was taken to the Kilpauk Government Medical College and Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. He was supposed to join duty on Saturday.
The Poonamallee traffic investigation police have registered a case and arrested the truck driver Nargunasekar (47), a native of Nagapattinam.
The police officers blamed the truck driver for careless driving and the locals and eye witnesses charged the corporation with negligence with regard to closing the drain even after repeated representations.
“This open canal was reportedly closed and immediately broken for the rain water to drain along with the sewage,” stated P Kumar who works at Vaishnavi Metals close to the accident spot.