Freak mishap on Anna flyover, drowsy driver booked

Freak mishap on Anna flyover, drowsy driver booked

The driver of a mini-truck who suffered injuries when the vehicle hit the parapet of the Anna Flyover on the arterial Anna Salai in Chennai and fell on to the service road below from a height of 20 feet in the early hours of Tuesday, has reportedly been arrested by the police.

It is learnt that Manikandan, 23, of Mudiuchur, dozed off when he was returning home after unloading blue metal at a construction site in Tiruvottiyur.

The tipper lorry veered to the right, rammed the cement median, crashed into the parapet wall of the Anna flyover and fell. Two mini trucks were damaged as a portion of the lorry fell on them.

A part of the concrete wall of the flyover, which broke off, ploughed into an auto on the road. Soon after that, civic workers jumped into action and set right the wall by reconstructing it.

Footage from a CCTV camera shows that an auto passing underneath would have been crushed if it was delayed by even a second. Two Tata Ace vehicles used by employees of a timber shop were crushed by the lorry.

An autorickshaw driver identified as Ravikumar narrated his harrowing experience to the media. “I entered the service lane after I dropped my customer at Park Hotel. A loud crashing noise overhead triggered me to drive the auto faster. In a fraction, a portion of the concrete fell on the passenger seat of my vehicle, damaging the roof. I pulled over, and ran for my safety. I saw the lorry crashing down on the vehicles parked on the service lane,” he said