A private taxi travelling on Koyambedu flyover in Chennai suddenly caught fire, killing a passenger who was inside the vehicle. The car was travelling from Koyambedu to Service Line, near 100-feet road. While the driver of the car jumped out in time, the passenger was charred to death inside the vehicle.
Dramatic visuals showed grey and black smoke billowing from the car parked on the flyover. By the time the flames were extinguished, the car was completely burnt. The scene was attended to by police officers.
Pictures from the site of the accident show that the rear end was completely charred. The police have retrieved a tiffin box, which was found with the body. The forensic department has been called to inspect the car.
"The fire began in the back area of the car, though the exact cause is yet to be determined. The body of the passenger was completely charred, and there are no identifiers as yet. The gender of the victim is not known yet. The only identifiable object found in the car was a tiffin box found alongside the body", Koyambedu sub-inspector Vasanthan told TNM.
Though the police initially suspected the pasenger was a woman, they now believe it was a man. "The driver has suffered fire injuries to his back and we have rushed him to the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital. Once he regains consciousness, then he can identify the passenger. For now, we have called Forensic Department to help us with the identification," the policemansaid.
The cause of the fire is not yet known yet.
This is a developing story