Chennai: Man, wife fall to death off flyover at Perambur – Times of India

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CHENNAI: A man and his wife died after their bike slammed into the parapet of the Murasoli Maran flyover in Perambur on Thursday afternoon and plunged 30 ft to the road below.
The deceased, identified as Balaji, 48 of Thiruvottiyur, was employed in the customs office at Chennai airport. His wife Usha, 44, was riding pillion.
The incident, which occurred at 12.15 pm, shocked other motorists and bystanders who saw the couple falling from the 30ft high flyover and landing on the road below with a thud. Traffic on the stretch came to a standstill, witnesses said.
The couple were returning home from Purasawalkam, police said. As they rode up the Murasoli Maran flyover from the Otteri-Jamalia side, Balaji was trying to negotiate a turn when he lost control of the bike and it smashed into the parapet. Some witnesses later told police that they saw Balaji struggling to bring the bike under control.
Due to the impact of the collision, the couple were thrown away and they fell on the road from a height of about 30ft. While Usha died on the spot, bystanders rushed Balaji to the Government Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital, where he died without responding to treatment.
Tirumangalam traffic investigation police have registered a case and have begun further inquiries with eye-witnesses.
Police sources said that to prevent such accidents, the parapet’s height has to be increased and a warning board has to be placed. “Motorists should ensure they drive vehicles on a lower speed on this stretch,” said a traffic official.
In May last year, an 18-year-old college student who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler on the Murasoli Maran flyover in Perambur was thrown off the structure after the speeding rider lost his balance and took the vehicle into a median. S Priya, 18 from Madhavaram Milk Colony, a second-year B-Com student at a private college in Perambur, was riding pillion on a bike ridden by A Abdul Malik, 19, from Madhavaram. Both sustained grievous injuries, police said.