New Year celebrations claim 9 lives in road accident
The New Year celebrations picked up momentum in the dying hours of the old year and continued through the first few hours of the new year, but led to fatal accidents in Chennai and Kancheepuram. There were altogether nine deaths, eight in road accidents and one murder.
Three nurses working at a private medical college at Mevalurkuppam were killed in an accident around 5.30 a.m. on Friday while returning from a New Year celebration at a place of worship in Thandalam village.
On the way to their quarters, located inside the premises of the college, they were crossing a National Highway, when an unidentified vehicle mowed them down. While three of them died on the spot, four others were admitted to a private hospital. The Sriperumbudur police have registered a case and are investigating.
On Friday morning, in Chennai, five persons were killed and over 100 injured in separate road accidents reported from various parts of the city.
Over 2,500 traffic policemen and many law and order policemen, who have been working since Wednesday morning for the AIADMK general council meeting on Thursday, had to continue to be on the roads till Friday morning to ensure that the New Year celebrations were safe.
There were 262 vehicle check points in the city and 300 in the suburbs. ?Despite such a vigil, there were deaths. Last year, around six persons died in road accidents on New year eve,? said a traffic police officer.