Chennai, Jun 27 (): A Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus on the main Anna Salai turned upside down and fell off from the Gemini fly over at 2:00pm on Wednesday injuring at least thirty passengers.
The incident took place when the bus (M17) was moving towards Vadapalani from Parrys corner negotiated with an arch between the slopes on the flyover towards Nungambakkam road when the bus driver lost control; as a result the bus fell down the fly over injuring the people who were travelling in the bus.
The injured were immediately rushed to the Apollo Hospitals, Government General Hospital and the Royapettah Government Hospital simultaneously. However no causalities were reported, said the police.
According to eyewitness they said that they heard people screaming from inside the bus when they got trapped. The injured were carefully removed from the bus after the Fire service and police personnel reached the accident spot and moved them to different hospitals in the city.
MTC general manager Prem Kumar told media men that the cause of the accident was due to rash driving of the driver. He also added that the bus had no technical fault and was in a good condition.
The driver of the bus had to undergo treatment for multiple fractures in his body. Some of the eyewitness said that they were shocked when the accident occurred with a huge bang.
A passenger who witnessed the accident said that the bus took a right turn in order to negotiate with an arch in the left side. The driver while turned sharply towards the left lost control over the bus, which hit the walls and fell down, said the passenger who received minor injuries.
A crane was put to service to drag the back of the wheels of the bus. Traffic on Anna Salai came to a stand-still due to the accident, said sources. However Police commissioner, JK Tripathy declared that traffic will be brought to normalcy soon. Since the Gemini flyover was inaugurated in the year 1973 this was the first incident that took place.