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First fatal accident on Kathipara grade separator

Special Correspondent

Victim, not clear about the route, was travelling in the wrong direction


Boards indicating routes, ramps for different directions were yet to be installed

The boards will be installed in a couple of days


chennai: A 65-year-old man, who sustained injuries after he met with an accident on the Kathipara grade separator on Monday evening, died on Tuesday morning.

It is the first fatal accident on the facility, which was inaugurated on Sunday.

The victim, riding a two-wheeler, had taken one of the ramps leading to the grade separator from the wrong side, as he was not sure about the route in the absence of direction boards, the police said.

D. Balasundaram, a businessman and resident of CIT Nagar, Nandanam, was on his way home on Monday evening from the Butt Road side in St. Thomas Mount.

As the grade separator was inaugurated only on Sunday evening, boards indicating the routes and ramps to be taken for the different directions were yet to be installed.

Police said Balasundaram had crossed Grand Southern Trunk Road from the Butt Road direction and climbed on one of the ramps from the wrong side.

He was hit by a jeep heading towards Guindy. The accident took place at 8.45 p.m. He sustained head injuries and was rushed to Government General Hospital in Chennai, where he died on Tuesday.

Police at the Chennai Suburban Commissionerate in St. Thomas Mount said that vehicles entered and left the clover shaped grade separator and the ground-level service lanes from nearly a dozen directions and the boards indicating the different routes and the ramps to be taken for the respective destinations were being prepared and were expected to be installed in a couple of days.

Fatally knocked down

Elsewhere on GST Road in Chromepet, a 70-year-old man was hit by a motorcycle on Monday evening.

Elumalai was walking along the road when the accident took place. He was taken to Government General Hospital in Chennai, where he died on Tuesday. The Tambaram traffic police are investigating.

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