Couple killed as lorry hits car in Chromepet

HORROR IN SUBURBS: The mangled remains of a car, which met with an accident in Chromepet on Wednesday morning. PHOTO: A. Muralitharan  

Staff Reporter

They came to attend a wedding

TAMBARAM: A couple died on the spot and three of their relatives were injured when their car was hit by a lorry that jumped the yellow line on the road at MIT Gate in Chromepet early on Wednesday.

Ahmed Salim 48, and his wife Kathisa Beevi, 40, of Kaattumannargudi in Cuddalore district, had come to the house of his brother, Abubacker in Anna Street, Chitlapakkam on Tuesday to attend the wedding of Jameen, Abubacker's son, who runs a shop in T. Nagar.

On Wednesday morning, the couple along with three of their relatives, Shahul Hameed, his wife Aasi Beevi and Ayesha Beevi, wife of Abubacker, left the house in a Ford Ikon around 4.15 a.m. Shahul Hameed was driving the car. They were on their way to the wholesale vegetable market in Koyambedu to make purchases for the wedding feast. The vehicle had travelled barely a kilometre and climbed the approach road of the bridge, when the speeding lorry rammed into the car. Ahmed Salim and his wife were killed on the spot, while the three others suffered injuries and were admitted at the Government General Hospital in Chennai.

The accident left the car mangled. Tambaram Traffic Police (Investigation) have registered a case and are probing the accident.

Residents of Hasthinapuram and Chromepet said the bridge had become an accident zone in the recent past, and blamed the authorities.

The number of people killed in accidents on the bridge has gone up to three in the past three months.

Accidents causing serious injuries to motorists take place frequently, according to doctors at Parvathy Ortho Hospital, which specialises in orthopaedics. They said at least two people were brought to the hospital every week after accidents on the MIT Bridge.

Officials said the width of the ramps leading to the rotary was uniformly 24 feet, including the curves.

The narrow width of the ramps and inadequate warning signs were the main reasons for accidents on the bridge, according to councillors of Pallavaram Municipality in the area. They said apart from cracking down on rash driving and speeding by lorry drivers, police should install delineators with reflective stickers as medians on the ramps.