But for a tree that brought the vehicle to a halt, the toll would have been higher
CHENNAI: Two persons were killed, and four other injured, when a Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus operating between the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal (CMBT) and MKB Nagar went out of control near Aminjikarai on Tuesday.
According to the police, the bus developed a snag while approaching the Aminjikarai area. It dashed against the median and veered towards the right. Soon, the speeding vehicle collided with a stationary autorickshaw, killing a passenger identified as K. Balaji (30), who worked for a software company at Mahalingapuram, on the spot.
Auto driver Masthan, who had stopped the vehicle to enquire about an address, escaped with injuries. The autorickshaw was wrecked.
The bus then rammed a row of fish carts parked on the roadside, killing a coolie identified as Kannan (40) of Aminjikarai who was resting there. The vehicle came to a halt after dashing against a huge tree.
The Anna Nagar traffic police registered a case and arrested the driver Cyril Irudhayaraj.
Many road users criticised the MTC authorities for "poor" maintenance of the buses. But for the huge tree which brought the bus to a halt, the toll would have been higher, an officer of the Aminjikarai police station said.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sunil Kumar told The Hindu that the investigation would focus on the cause of the snag that led to the bus spinning out of control.