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Tragedy: An earthmover engaged in removing slush from the bed of the River Noyyal got stuck in the soil, trapping and killing the operator of the vehicle. —
Tragedy: An earthmover engaged in removing slush from the bed of the River Noyyal got stuck in the soil, trapping and killing the operator of the vehicle. —

Staff Reporter

Operator was trapped inside the glass cabin of the vehicle

ERODE: A 20-year-old earthmover operator got killed when the machine was trapped in the soil on Saturday morning, while cleaning the bed of the River Noyyal.

According to the Perundurai police, as soon as V. Ilayaraja took the machine to the bed, near flowing waters, the vehicle went down in seconds.

Caught inside the glass cabin of the earthmover, he died on the spot, the police said, quoting eyewitnesses.

The efforts of the other earthmover operators went in vain because it was so quick, the police added.

After an hour-long effort, Ilayaraja’s body was taken out.

The police have registered a case in this connection.

Cleaning operations, which were on following a Madras High Court directive, were temporarily suspended.

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