Accident
Since he could not get into the overcrowded bus, the boy was travelling on the footboard of the MTC bus when the accident took place.
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In a freak accident, a student of Class 9 fell to his death from the footboard of a moving MTC bus in Tiruvottriyur near Chennai on Friday. The victim has been identified as Kabilan, who lived in Annai Sivagami Nagar and was a student at a government school.

The incident took place on Friday evening when the 14-year-old Kabilan was returning home from a friend’s house. He had boarded the 56W bus that goes from Broadway to Madhavaram in the evening in Mint, according to news reports.

As per police sources, since the bus was packed with commuters, Kabilan could not get inside and hence had to hang out from the footboard with his school bag strapped onto his back. When the bus reached Sugam hospital in Tiruvottriyur, the straps of Kabilan’s bag got tangled in a transformer and he was pulled down from the bus.

As he fell down, he came under the rear wheel of the bus. Though the bus stopped immediately and the other passengers rushed him to Government Stanley Medical College and Hospital, he was declared brought dead. The body has been sent for autopsy in the same hospital.

The Washermanpet police registered a case against the driver for negligent driving and have arrested him.

Recently, a middle-aged woman was crushed to death between two MTC buses in T-Nagar bus terminus. The woman was moving in the gap between two buses to check the route number on the bus to her left while the bus to her right started moving and turned further right. This caused the rear portion of the moving bus to trap her in the gap and crush her to death. Though the driver of the moving bus stopped the bus immediately after hearing her cries, it was too late. The West Mambalam police booked the driver of the bus and remanded him to judicial custody.