Chennai, Feb 28 (BPNS)
Three Class VIII students who were cycling to school on Tuesday morning were hit by a speeding SUV on the service lane of the Chennai- Bengaluru highway at Valaymaptu Village near Vaniyambadi in Tirupattur district of Tamil Nadu.
The three boys identified as S. Rafiq and two siblings, R. Vijay, and R. Suriyaa who were on their bicycles died on the spot.
While the brothers, Suriya and Vijay were on the same bicycle, Rafiq was on another bicycle. The children are from Melavampatti village in Vaniyambadi.
Tiruvattur Superintendent of Police, S. Balakrishnan, while speaking to BPNS said, “ The driver of the SUV which mowed down the boys, Santosh Kumar( 29) is in our custody and he said that he had lost control of the vehicle when some cattle suddenly crossed the highway.”
The SUV then veered towards the opposite side and hit the children who were pedaling to school. There was heavy traffic congestion on the Chennai- Bengaluru highway at the accident spot and the Superintendent of Police took direct control of the situation and cleared the traffic congestion.
The bodies of the three boys are kept in Vaniyambadi Taluk hospital for postmortem. Tirupattur district collector, Bhaskara Pandian reached the hospital and met the parents of the children who died in the accident.