Bus-Lorry collision: Toll rises to three

CHENNAI March 29. The toll in Thursday's midnight bus crash on the Anna flyover has gone up to three.

Another commuter, who suffered injuries when a State-owned Transport Corporation bus and a container trailer collided, succumbed to his injuries at the Government Royapettah hospital.

The deceased were identified as bus passengers — Munusamy (35) of Chandrasekara Nagar, Kodungaiyur, and Ramkishan Jajodia of Washermanpet.

While Munusamy and the lorry driver, V. Balakrishnan of Cheyyar, died on the spot, Ramkishan Jajodia died at the hospital, police said.

The Transport Minister, R. Viswanathan, visited the hospital this afternoon and distributed fruits and bread to the injured persons.

In the crash, the bus driver, D. Booshanam, was stated to be critically injured. He had sustained `poly trauma fracture' on the left thigh with injuries to the foot, said the hospital sources. Similar was the condition of one of the commuters, Narayanan (26) of Kodungaiyur, who had a pelvic fracture.

One of the relatives of the TNSTC bus conductor said, both the crew were working three shifts continuously without any break. This could be a reason for the accident. The police recorded that the accident was caused due to the negligent driving of the container lorry driver.

In the accident 13 persons, including the TNSTC crew, sustained injuries. Six commuters were later shifted to the Government General Hospital, said the GRH sources.

Asked whether any cash relief had been given, the injured persons said they had only received bread and fruits. Under the terms of relief to be provided by the Government to road accident victims, as detailed on the State Transport Authority website, every injured person should be disbursed Rs.500 from the Chief Minister's Fund, besides other claims. Families of dead should be granted Rs.10,000 and those disabled completely, Rs.6,000. Those who lost an eye or a limb would get Rs.4,000.

No application is required for such relief, and the police are required to report the crash to the RDO, who will immediately sanction it. It is not deductible from the compensation awarded by the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal.

Further, those who die in accidents involving the State transport Undertaking buses are considered for relief to the family of Rs.50,000 per case of death, under the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. This is taken up on a case-by-case basis, and the amount of Rs.10,000 granted by the RDO is adjusted from this fund.

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