In a freak incident, a Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) bus and a car plunged into a huge crater that opened up in the middle of the road in Chennai. A massive earth-hole was formed at the centre of Anna Salai, near Anna Flyover, around 2 pm on Sunday.
According to the Times of India, the cave-in was caused by a metro tunnel-boring machine that was drilling under the ground a few metres away. The accident happened just 50 feet away from an earlier cave-in that happened some days ago.
Soon after the incident, all metro work was temporarily suspended and the police cordoned off the area, diverting traffic to a different route. No casualties were reported in the incident.
"This is the first time such an accident has happened in Chennai though metro rail work has been going on since 2009. We will use this as a learning experience and all precautions will be taken to prevent such incidents," TN finance minister D Jayakumar was quoted as saying by TOI.
And, the crater also became the creator of the latest Internet memes.
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