Speeding car falls off Hyderabad flyover, woman killed

The deceased woman, who was identified as Satyavani, 40, was standing under the flyover when the incident occurred | Photo: Twitter

A woman was killed and four others were injured as a speeding car fell of the newly-inaugurated Biodiversity Park flyover in Hyderabad at 1:19 pm on Saturday (November 23).

The car, which was speeding at 104 kmph, lost control and rammed a divider, the police said. The driver, who was injured and subsequently hospitalised, was booked on charges of causing death by negligence.

The deceased woman, who was identified as Satyavani, 40, was standing under the flyover when the incident occurred. Three others who were standing on the road also suffered injuries, reports said.

Preliminary probe found that the accident occurred due to the car travelling at 104 kmph instead of the prescribed 40 kmph on the flyover, Cyberabad traffic police said.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Mayor B Rammohan announced an ex-gratia of ₹5 lakh to the family of the deceased, a GHMC release said. Disaster rescue teams started relief measures soon after the accident, it said.

A signage has been installed at a vantage point directing that vehicles should travel at only 40 kmph speed after two persons recently died in an accident on the same flyover while taking selfies, it said.

State Municipal Administration minister K T Rama Rao said he has directed officials to close the flyover for putting in place safety measures.

“Distressed to hear about today’s accident on Biodiversity flyover. Prima facie it appears to be a result of over speeding; have directed FHMC Engineer-in-Chief & @cpcybd to close the flyover & get speed control/safety measures in place & an independent expert committee evaluation,” he tweeted.

The flyover would be closed for three days to put in place measures to control high-speed driving, according to the GHMC release.

(With inputs from agencies)