The six-year-old son of a woman sanitary staffer in Kallakurichi died on Sunday when the woman, who was attempting to drive a battery-operated tri-cycle used for door-to-door collection of garbage, lost control and the vehicle plunged into a 50-feet roadside well.
The state government had allotted 10 battery-operated tri-cycles to each district for the door-to-door collection of garbage as part of the Solid Waste Management scheme. In Kallakurichi union, nine women were employed as the sanitary staff. On Sunday, when M Vanitha (25), a sanitary staffer, was trying to operate the tri-cycle, she also took her six-year-old son Balaji besides her and took the vehicle for herself, while co-workers Subashini (26), Selvi (33) and Valli (26) ran after the vehicle.
However, the vehicle slowly picked up speed and Vanitha lost her control and the tr-cycle plunged into a roadside well. Since there was neck-deep water in the well, the boy started drowning and Vanitha screamed for help. As she attempted to rescue her son, she too started drowning.
The co-workers, who had witnessed the incident, shouted for help. While, the people managed to rescue Vanitha, they could not find the boy.
Meanwhile, on information, the Kallakurichi Fire and Rescue personnel rushed to the spot and recovered the body of Balaji and later the tri-cycle was also pulled out.
On information, BDOs D natarajan and N Sivakumar rushed to the spot and conducted an inquiry. The Kachirapalayam police registered a case and are investigating.
The District Collector alerted the officials across the district to instruct the sanitary staff to operate the battery vehicle only after proper learning.