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Updated: September 25, 2013 09:26 IST

MUV knocks down woman, son

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Victims were crossing GST Road to Govt. Hospital of Thoracic Medicine when vehicle jumped signal

A 35-year-old woman and her 8-year-old son died at Tambaram Sanatorium on Tuesday morning after they were hit by a speeding vehicle.

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According to the police, the victims — B. Alamelu of Kunnam, Perambalur district, and her son Veeramani — were crossing the road to Government Hospital of Thoracic Medicine on Grand Southern Trunk Road when the accident occurred.

Alamelu was bringing her son for treatment at the hospital for his incessant coughing. Her uncle Marudamuthu (63) had accompanied them to Chennai. After reaching Koyambedu on Monday night the three of them had stayed with Alamelu’s husband, Babu who works as a supplier in a roadside eatery.

On Tuesday, the three of them took a MTC bus from Koyambedu and got down at the bus stop opposite the hospital around 7 a.m. They were crossing the road when the signal for pedestrians was on, when a Tata Sumo vehicle, whose driver had jumped the signal, hit Alamelu and Veeramani. While the latter died on the spot, his mother succumbed to her injuries on the way to the accident trauma care at Tambaram Taluk Government Hospital in Chromepet.

Marudhamuthu escaped unhurt as he had darted across the road and was not hit by the vehicle. “It all happened within minutes. There were several vehicles waiting for the green light, but the Tata Sumo did not even slow down near the signal and hit the woman and her son,” said P. Selvaraj, an eye-witness who works in a tea stall near the accident spot.

Chromepet Traffic Police (Investigation) arrested the vehicle driver, P. Kannan (22) of Red Hills who is an employee of a private travel agency. He had dropped a group of employees working in a private company inside Madras Export Processing Zone–Special Economic Zone at Kodungaiyur and was returning to pick up another batch of employees.

A case under section 304 (ii) of IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) has been registered.

People working in restaurants and other shops around the signal opposite the hospital said many motorists paid little heed to road safety and hardly stopped for the signal. The spot had, in recent times, become accident prone, they said.

At the accident spot, the four-lane road, with a service lane and pavement on either side, has a total width of more than 150 feet.

Patients visiting the hospital, especially the elderly, who get down at the bus stop on the side of the road towards Tambaram direction found it difficult to cross at the spot, pointed out P. Elangovan, a resident of Tambaram Sanatorium.

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We badly need pedestrian subways at many places in the suburban areas.
The arterial roads are designed to be high speed and any one jumping the
signals are going to cause a heavy damage. It is almost impossible to
make every driver follow the rules particularly at odd hours. It is high
time we had more pedestrian subways at important crossings like this

from:  Arun Anbalagan
Posted on: Sep 26, 2013 at 08:03 IST

Traffic police must start sending summons and fine them for signal violation by checking the CCTV Camera which is installed is many junction. Instead of catching for not wearing helmet which put his life in danger, where as catching signal violation which put other inocent road users life into risk must be taking up meticulously.

from:  Sreenivasa Prasanna
Posted on: Sep 25, 2013 at 17:22 IST

I work inside MEPZ (next to this hospital) and I have come across many occasions when the vehicles queued up behind me honk and push me to jump the signal. I try my best not to give them way and let them honk away but I have to sometimes hear their blasphemies!!for obeying the traffic rule. This signal is a real bad one in terms of signal jumpers and I wish cameras were installed to nab the culprits.

from:  Mejo Mohan
Posted on: Sep 25, 2013 at 13:36 IST

The signal near the Ashok Pillar junction is also a pain.. Crossing it is a nightmare.. The autos, cars, 2-wheelers and the buses never pay heed to the signal.. The police should stand in the middle of the road, rather he will be on one side.. I don't know how the people on the other side will cross.. Nobody looks at the signal.. Nobody has the patience.. That's the key.. I seriously wonder where this nation is going..

from:  Anand
Posted on: Sep 25, 2013 at 12:47 IST

This is the country where nobody respect human life. something like railway level crossing should be installed in all the signals. I have met multiple accidents while waiting for signal and traveling!

from:  Raj
Posted on: Sep 25, 2013 at 11:21 IST

Signal Jumping has become very common in Chennai, with MTC buses being bad examples!! Govt should install CCTV cameras in all junctions & capture details of all Signal jumpers, and start fining them. License of repeat offenders must be suspended.

from:  Jagan
Posted on: Sep 25, 2013 at 10:10 IST

It is high time licenses got cancelled for drivers who jump signals with atleast a
minimum renewal interval of one year. They are a threat to other road users and also push other drivers who wait at signals.

from:  Bhargav
Posted on: Sep 25, 2013 at 09:13 IST
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