Chennai: A 67-year-old woman and an ambulance driver died while two others sustained severe injuries in an accident. The event occurred after the driver lost control of the ambulance and rammed into a private bus at Athur, a village in Kancheepuram district during wee hours of Friday.
According to the police, Kaniammal, a resident of Kancheepuram, resided with her daughter Swaraswati and her family. On Friday early morning, Kaniammal complained of severe chest pain, and Swaraswati called for an ambulance at around 2 am. She went along with her mother to the hospital.
As the vehicle rushed towards the Chengalpattu government hospital, the driver, Jayakumar (38), tried to overtake a private bus near a blind curve and lost control of the vehicle. The ambulance rammed into a bus from behind which was also plying towards Chengalpattu. While Kaniammal and the ambulance driver died on the spot, witnesses found that Swaraswati and the technician, Dinakaran (32), sustained severe injuries.
People who saw the accident informed the police and rushed to the rescue of the victims. Swaraswati and Dinakaran were rushed to the Chengalpattu government hospital for treatment while the bodies of Kaniammal and Jayakumar were sent to the same hospital for autopsy.
In the accident, reported at Athur, at around 2.30 am, and there were no many vehicles. Police said that the bus belonged to a private car manufacturing company and was travelling from Kancheepuram to Chengalpattu. There were no passengers on the bus, and its driver managed to escape from the scene. The Chengalpattu taluk police registered a case, and a special team has been formed to probe the matter.
Meanwhile, the 108 service is also probing the case to find out if the ambulance was in proper working condition.