Three girl students of a college at Guindy in Chennai were run over by a water tanker the busy GST Road on Thursday. Three others were injured.
The tanker was proceeding from Guindy to Saidapet. After crossing the Guindy Bridge, the vehicle crushed them to death and then crashed into an autorickshaw and two two-wheelers near the SPIC building.
The lorry veered to the right side of the road and crashed into the median beneath Metro Rail pillars and came to a screeching halt several meters away from the spot where it killed the girls.
The deceased have been identified as Chithra, Gayatri and Ayisha. Chithra and Gayatri were second year B Com students while Ayisha was doing her third year B Com. The injured were rushed to Government Royapettah Hospital.
The girls got down at Guindy Bus Stand and Railway Station and were walking towards the college to attend classes in the second shift, which started at 2 p.m. The driver of the tanker Rajendran (40) of Virugambakkam has been arrested.
The accident resulted in a traffic jam on GST Road and Mount Road with vehicles gridlocked beyond the Kathipara junction at Guindy.