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TAMBARAM: Two-year-old P. Manikandan died on the spot and a woman accompanying him sustained injuries after a speeding Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus hit them on Thursday. They were trying to cross Velachery Main Road near Santhoshapuram bus stop.
According to Tambaram traffic police, Manikandan’s parents were daily wage earners and lived in huts along the arterial road near Santhoshapuram bus stop. Kala, a relative, had come to their house. She was taking the boy to a shop across the road.
The bus was on its way to Adyar from East Tambaram.
Kala was admitted to a private hospital in Pallikaranai. Police said that her condition was critical.
Further investigations were on, but no arrests had been made.
Traffic police personnel said that after the completion of permanent raised medians on Velachery Main Road between Medavakkam and Mahalakshmi Nagar, barricades to keep a check on overspeeding and rash driving were removed.
While criss-crossing of vehicles across the road was eliminated, the removal of barricades only enabled four wheelers, lorries and government and private buses to travel at a breakneck speed on this stretch.
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