Four people have been killed and nine other were injured after a crane collapsed during a temple festival in the Arakkonam Taluka of the district on 22nd January night, a senior official said. The Draupathi Amman festivities were being held at the Draupathi Temple in the Kilveedi village of the district. The crane collapsed and three people died on the spot whereas one succumbed to injuries today morning, taking the total fatalities to four. Nine people were admitted to the hospital and are undergoing treatment, the official said.
The traditional festival after Pongal is held yearly in ‘Draupathi’ and ‘Mandiamman’ temples. Devotees as a mark of their devotion hang from the crane and garland the God and Godess during the temple event.