The incident took place at 8.44 am on Monday on the arterial Anna Salai in Chennai’s Saidapet.

A collage of the accident, where the Chennai techie runs over a pothole, loses balance and comes under the wheels of the bus.
news Accident Monday, November 01, 2021 - 18:49

Mohammad Yunus, a 32-year-old Chennai techie, was riding his two-wheeler to work on Monday, November 1 when he was killed — due to a pothole. The incident took place at 8.44 am on Monday on the arterial Anna Salai in the Chinnamalai area in the city’s Saidapet.

Per the CCTV footage from the accident spot, the young man’s two-wheeler hit a pothole, after which he lost his balance. His two-wheeler then started veering towards the government city bus that was moving on his left. Soon, Yunus and his vehicle skidded, and he was crushed by the rear wheel of the bus. The young man reportedly died on the spot. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

According to reports, the bus was travelling from Besant Nagar to Vadapalani via Chinnamalai when the incident took place. The Guindy traffic police rushed to the spot soon after the accident was reported. The Traffic Investigation Division retrieved the CCTV footage from the spot for investigation, reported Puthiyathalaimurai TV.

Meanwhile, though the young man lost his balance because of the pothole and came under the wheel of the bus, Thevaraja, the driver of the city bus, has been arrested. He has booked been under the Indian Penal Code and Motor Vehicles Act for causing death due to negligence and rash driving respectively.

A resident of Nanganallur, Yunus was working as a software engineer at a private company. His body was sent to the Royapettah Government Hospital for postmortem. 

The pothole was reportedly caused due to the rains. Incidentally, it was raining at the time of the accident too. As a band-aid solution, the Tamil Nadu Highways Department, which maintains the road where the accident took place, filled the pothole with sand after the man lost his life.

In one of the many such incidents, a 35-year-old woman lost her life in 2019 near Poonamallee in Chennai after her husband tried to avoid a pothole. The woman was riding pillion when her husband braked in an attempt to avoid hitting the pothole. However, the woman was thrown off the vehicle, hit the road, and came under the wheels of a container truck.

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