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15/10/2012
108 ambulance hits bike, one killed
CHENNAI: A 35-year-old man was killed and another sustained severe injuries when a 108 ambulance hit the motorcycle in which they were traveling on Poonamallee High Road near Aminjikarai on Saturday night. The police have arrested the driver of the ambulance. 

According to police, Saravanan , 35, of Muthumariamman Koil Street in Arumbakkam died on the spot after he suffered head injuries while his friend Raja who was riding pillion was injured in the accident . Raja has been admitted to the Government General Hospital where his condition is said to be stable . 

The two were returning to Arumbakkam after leaving Raja's vehicle for repair in Koyambedu. When they were maneuvering a bend on the road, their motorcycle collided with the ambulance. The two were thrown off the motorcycle and Saravanan sustained severe head injuries when a screwdriver which Raja was holding in his hand pierced his stomach in the impact of the collision. A few commuters took the duo in another ambulance to the hospital. Police said the ambulance had come to the city to admit a patient at the government hospital in Egmore. After dropping the patient, the driver was returning to Kancheepuram when the accident took place. 

Anna Nagar traffic investigation police registered a case for causing death due to negligence against the ambulance driver Raja Badar and arrested him. He was remanded in judicial custody. An official with 108 ambulance service claimed that the driver lost control of the vehicle as the two came from the wrong side of the road. 

"As soon as the accident happened we alerted the ambulance service from Koyambedu and rushed them to hospital," he said. 

"We have always insisted our drivers to drive safely and ask them not to over speed to ensure safety of motorists. We have specifically chosen drivers who are experienced and have a good track record," he said. Saravanan was a load man at Koyambedu Market and Raja is a driver of an loading van at the market.