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Body of accident victim placed on road

To prevent accidents:Demanding construction of a flyover, residents blocked the road with the body of an accident victim, at Erumapalayam on Salem – Ulundurpet National Highway on Wednesday.–PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM
To prevent accidents:Demanding construction of a flyover, residents blocked the road with the body of an accident victim, at Erumapalayam on Salem – Ulundurpet National Highway on Wednesday.–PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM

Condemning the frequent accidents in their area and demanding construction of a flyover, residents squatted on the road with the body of a man in Erumapalayam on Salem – Ulundurpet National Highway here on Wednesday.

Kumar (33), a labourer of Erumapalayam village died on the way to hospital after being hit by a car while trying to cross the road on his bicycle on Tuesday evening.

Autopsy was conducted at the Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital and the body was taken to the village in a mortuary van. Villagers intercepted the vehicle and took the body and placed it on the road and blocked the road.

They also placed stones on the road, thereby disrupting the flow of vehicles.

Over 100 villagers staged road block demanding Flyover Bridge in the area as it is an accident-prone zone.

“In six months, 10 persons died on the spot, while over six cars were involved in accidents in the area. Villagers find it difficult to cross the road due to over speeding vehicles and a flyover is the only solution,” said an angry protestor.

Senior police officials and revenue officials rushed to the spot and promised to look in to the issue.

Later villagers withdrew their protest and the body was taken for cremation.

Movement of vehicles on the highway came to a halt for around two hours. Traffic resumed after the agitators dispersed.

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