Chennai: A techie on a motorcycle was killed in Chennai after an iron rod from an under-construction Metro station fell on him. The accident occurred under the Officers Training Academy (OTA) Metro Station that is being built on Chennai's busy Airport Road.
The victim, 30-year-old Giridhar, died after a 10-foot long iron rod fell on him. He was a resident of the nearby Madipakkam locality, and was the employee of an IT company. The accident took place around 8:15 am. Two employees of the construction company involved in work on the station have been detained by police.
(The 10-foot rod that fell on Giridhar from the under-construction OTA Metro Station, killing him.)
At least four people have died in accidents involving the metro project in the past three years alone. All of these deaths have happened when girders, scaffolding or cranes collapsed.
An eyewitness at the site of the accident said, "There were no safety measures. There was no net to prevent the scaffolding from falling on the road below."
Officials from Chennai Metro Rail Limited have said an inquiry would be ordered into the incident.