Two die as share auto on wrong side collides with car in Tamil Nadu | Chennai News

CHENNAI: Two women died and seven other people were injured when the shared autorickshaw in which they were traveling collided head on with a car at Kalavakkam on OMR on Tuesday evening.
Police, who said the driver of the shared car was going on the wrong side, identified the deceased as Vijaya44, of Sembakkam oath Amsavalli, 53, of Siruthavur, both daily wage workers. Around 6pm, Dasarathan, 50, took aboard his share auto nine passengers and was proceeding from Kelambakkam to Thiruporur. At Kalavakkam, unable to move due to a traffic snarl during the evening rush hour, Dasarathan took a U-turn in the median opening and began going in the wrong direction when a car coming towards Kelambakkam collided head on with the autorickshaw, said police, quoting witnesses and statements from some of the injured. In the impact, the autorickshaw overturned, leaving all the nine passengers and Dasarathan with injuries. Thomas Mathewwho was driving the car escaped with minor injuries.
After being alerted by passersby, a team of the Thiruporur police rushed to the spot and sent all the 10 injured people to the Chengalpet Government Hospital where Vijaya and Amsavalli died in the wee hours of Wednesday. The bodies were sent for postmortem. The others Swathi, 32, Jothi, 52, Selvi, 40, Anjalai, 38, Thilakavathy, 45, Munusamy, 50, and Dasarathan are under treatment. Police who registered a case of negligent driving and began investigations said the autorickshaw driver was at fault.
The practice of people driving/riding on the wrong side of roads including at busy intersections has become so rampant in the city and its suburbs, that the best efforts of the law enforcement personnel seem to be in vain. But, the attempts to curb the practice by constantly bringing to book the offenders continue. On Monday alone, the traffic police launched a drive and booked 2,546 cases, collecting 3.81 lakh in fines in 763 cases.
A senior officer said the department has been taking various measures to enforce rules to ensure free flow of traffic, reduce accidents and for better management. The drive against wrong-side driving, he said, would be intensified.


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