Reck­less speed­ing by stu­dents leaves three se­verely in­jured

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU - M SATHISH @ Chen­nai

Reck­less speed­ing by two cars driven by col­lege stu­dents, re­port­edly en­gaged in rac­ing, re­sulted in a ma­jor road ac­ci­dent on the Chen­nai By­pass road on Thurs­day.

Such was the high speed driven by the stu­dents that one of the cars lost con­trol af­ter be­ing hit on the back­side by the other. The two cars, Volk­swa­gen Vento and Hyundai i20, were at­tempt­ing to over­take each other.

Los­ing con­trol, the i20 car hit the cen­tral me­dian, flipped and slammed into an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle, a Honda Amaze. The col­li­sion left three pas­sen­gers in the Honda car, in­clud­ing the driver, a se­nior cit­i­zen, se­ri­ously in­jured, while four stu­dents in the i20 nar­rowly es­caped with in­juries.

Poona­mallee Traf­fic In­ves­ti­ga­tion Po­lice told Ex­press that the in­ci­dent oc­curred around 3 PM near Kovur bridge be­fore Porur toll­gate.

The po­lice have iden­ti­fied Pramod, a 21 year old first year MBA stu­dent of SRM Univer­sity, Kat­tanku­lathur, as the one who drove the Volk­swa­gen. His friends, Prashanth Ku­mar, Gokul and Na­garaj, were seated in the car. The sec­ond car, i20, was driven by Vig­nesh Ku­mar (21), also a first year MBA stu­dent at SRM. Two other stu­dents, Srid­har and Har­i­ha­ran, were fel­low pas­sen­gers. All of them were re­port­edly pro­ceed­ing to­wards Vil­li­vakkam af­ter col­lege hours.

Nar­rat­ing the in­ci­dent, po­lice said they be­lieve both the cars were rac­ing each other and Pramod al­legedly lost con­trol. “While the Volk­swa­gen came to a halt af­ter hit­ting the me­dian, the i20 over­turned and crashed into the on­com­ing Honda car on the other side of the road.”

The Honda and i20 was heav­ily dam­aged.Po­lice said the Honda, car be­long­ing to a travel agency was driven by Murthy (61). He was tak­ing two cus­tomers, Ramesh (39) and Ku­maragu­ruban (41) from Anna Na­gar to Ke­lam­bakkam. All the three were se­verely in­jured due to the im­pact and were taken to a pri­vate hospi­tal.

An in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer said, “Sur­pris­ingly, no one in the i20 car was in­jured de­spite be­ing in­volved in the col­li­sion. “Based on a com­plaint, we have reg­is­tered a case. Both Pramod and Vig­nesh have been ar­rested.” They were not drunk and they pos­sessed valid li­cence.” Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on.

The heav­ily dam­aged i20 car, which crashed into the me­dian on the Chen­nai By­pass on Thurs­day

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