TAMBARAM: Three persons were killed and four others suffered injuries in separate road accidents in different places in the southern suburbs of Chennai since Tuesday night.
In an accident that took place inside the Chennai Airport on Tuesday evening, J. Simhaiah (35) of Andhra Pradesh died on the spot after he was hit by a water tanker lorry that was backing up.
Traffic police said Simhaiah was among a group of workers at the construction site of an additional runway when the accident took place. The tanker was backing up after supplying drinking water to the workers, staying in huts near the construction site.
Around 10 p.m., D.Raghuraman (24) died on the spot when the motorcycle he was riding rammed a stationary lorry parked on the side of the bridge opposite the Chennai Airport. Police said Raghuraman, a dance choreographer in the ‘Maan Aada Mayil Aada’ programme on Kalaignar TV channel, and a participant, Soundarya (15), a class nine student, had completed a rehearsal at Anna Nagar in Chennai.
They came to his house in Bharathi Nagar, watched television for some time, had dinner and left the place around 9.30 p.m. Police said Raghuraman was travelling at a high speed with Soundarya riding pillion. To overtake a vehicle ahead of him, he swerved to the left, when he rammed the stationary mini lorry.
Raghuraman was not wearing a helmet and died of head injuries. Soundarya is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Chromepet.
Knocked down by bus
On Wednesday morning, a 45-year-old woman died in an accident on Pammal Main Road. Police said Kanchana Devi was working at Accountant General’s office in Teynampet, while her husband, Shankar, works in a private firm in Pallavaram. The couple were travelling on a scooter on Pammal Main Road.
At Nagathamman Koil Street, a maxi cab van that was backing up, entered Pammal Main Road and hit the scooter, throwing them on the road. An overspeeding private bus, Bharathi Bus Service, from Tambaram to Tiruttani, ran over Kanchana Devi, killing her on the spot.
In an accident that took place on Wednesday evening, three youth riding a scooter were knocked down by a speeding lorry on Mudichur Road in West Tambaram, sparking a spontaneous protest from residents. The youth have been hospitalised and one of them was said to be in a critical condition, police said.