Traffic policemen suspect the driver, who was injured, might have lost concentration

A speeding cargo lorry carrying a consignment of steel pipes plunged through a bridge on Chennai Bypass and landed on the road below at Irumbuliyur on Monday afternoon. The driver of the lorry was injured in the incident.

This is the sixth instance since April 2011 of a vehicle falling from the same spot on the bypass.

According to sources, Arul Samraj (35) of Edapatti village in Dharmapuri district was driving the lorry which was carrying a consignment of long steel pipes from Kolkata to be delivered at Tiruchi.

While approaching the ‘zero point’ — the spot where the bypass forks from Grand Southern Trunk Road towards Maduravoyal — Arul is reported to have lost control of the lorry. The vehicle climbed on the median before falling from a height of 50 feet on to the road below.

The vehicle landed on its chassis and came to a halt some distance away. “It was sheer luck that no other vehicle or even a cyclist or pedestrian was passing by the stretch at that time,” said J .Rajan, an Irumbuliyur resident.

Arul was taken in an ambulance first to Tambaram Taluk Government Hospital, Chromepet, and later referred to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, where he is receiving treatment.

While the exact cause of the accident is yet to be established, traffic policemen suspect the driver might have lost concentration for a brief while.

As the road curves at the spot, there have been incidents of drivers travelling at high speeds and close to the median climbing over it. Irumbuliyur residents have urged National Highways Authority of India and the traffic police to take measures to prevent such accidents.

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