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"Drunk" youth rams sedan into autorickshaws, one killed

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

A college student suspected to be drunk allegedly rammed his car at high speed into a row of parked autorickshaws, killing one person and injuring five others in the early hours here today, police said.

The 20-year old student, driving the sedan in which four of his friends were also travelling, hit a row of parked autorickshaws on the arterial Cathedral Road here. He was arrested.

A 38-year old driver who had dozed off in his autorickshaw which was the first in the line of parked vehicles died in the impact, police said.

Five other drivers of autorickshaws were injured in the mishap. They were treated at a hospital and sent home, they said.

Police said the student who was behind the wheels and allegedly under the influence of alcohol was arrested while the other occupants of the car detained for questioning.

A case has been registered against him under provisions, they said.

Four other occupants of the car, who were also students have been taken into custody for questioning, they added.

In a similar incident in September 2016, an autorickshaw driver was killed and eight others were injured when a Porsche driven at high speed by a student rammed into vehicles parked in the same road.

In another case of drunken driving, Tamil actor Jai was arrested after he rammed his car into a road divider here in September.

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First Published: Sun, November 12 2017. 20:28 IST