Chennai's iconic Anna Salai caves in, traps bus, vehicle in crater

Metro construction authorities said the soil appeared to have loosened due to underground drilling.

Chennai, Apr 9 Passengers of a city bus and a auto driver escaped unhurt today when a section of an arterial road suddenly caved in near the site of underground tunnelling for the Metro Rail here, police said.

According to local reports, the bus and a Honda city auto were trapped in the crater after the main thoroughfare suddenly collapsed near Church Park street around 1:30 pm. However, when he peeped out of the window, he saw the road caving in on which he immediately asked the passengers to get down from the bus. And as all the passengers deboarded, the bus started to sink.

The driver of the auto said the road had caved-in "suddenly", the Tamil news channel Puthiya Thalaimurai reported. Thirty-five passengers who were on the bus were evacuated immediately.

Chennai police officials have cordoned off Anna Salai - which is an arterial road in the city. The incident took place at around 1.30 pm near the state capital's Thousand Lights mosque, reported The Hindu. Emergency services had to be rushed to the spot after the incident was reported.

According to Times of India, some traffic has been diverted to the main road near the beach. We will use this accident as an experience and will take precautions to prevent such incidents from further.

However, nobody was injured in the accident, which occurred on a stretch of Anna Salai located close to Gemini flyover, and the U.S Consulate.

The cave-in occurred during tunnel boring work for the Chennai Metro rail that is being carried out between Thousand Lights and AG- DMS.

It is suspected that the hole may have been formed due to an excavation work nearby for a metro project.

Both vehicles have been pulled out of the crater. A crane has been deployed to remove the vehicles.

  • Leroy Wright