Three persons who slept on a railway track near an unmanned railway crossing at Aththipuliyur village near Kizhvelur taluk, were run over by a speeding train during the early hours of Monday. They were all alleged to be in an inebriated condition.
Sources said that a temple festival was going on in the village on Sunday, which extended late into the night. To add to the spirit of the festival, some had taken to drinking.
According to sources, Vinoth Kanna (20), son of Selvam, a polytechnic student from Aththipuliyur village and Sivasankaran (22), son of Muthukuaraswamy, a college student from Kanoor village, also participated in the temple festival which was quite close to their locality.
Both Vinoth Kanna and Sivasankaran were found consuming liquor along with their friends during late hours of Sunday at the festival.
While the rest of the group left the spot, the victims Vinoth Kanna and Sivasankaran, in an inebriated state, are believed to have slept on the railway tracks near the Aththipuliyur unmanned level crossing.
During the early hours of Monday, the Nagore-Bangalore passenger train which passed by, crushed them to death. A little further down the line, one Sekar (40), a mason from Adiyakkamangalam village in Thiruvarur district, was also sleeping on the same track. The train ran over him also.
On information, railway police personnel from Thiruvarur reached the spot and sent the bodies to the Thiruvarur government hospital for postmortem.
Following the incident, the people of Aththipuliyur village citing the frequent accidents at the unmanned level crossing for the past few years, demanded manned gates at the Aththipuliyur junction to avoid such mishaps in future.