Chennai: Professional car racer Ashwin Sundar and his wife Nivedhitha died as their BMW car hit a roadside tree on the Santhome High Road in Chennai in the wee hours of Saturday.

Police said Sundar and his wife were trapped inside the car as they could not open the doors. The car was stuck in between the tree and wall. The car caught fire, and the couple were charred to death.

Fire and rescue services personnel from Mylapore reached the spot but struggled for around half-an-hour to put out the fire.

Adyar traffic investigation wing inspector of police Vanitha and her team broke open the car and recovered the bodies of the couple. The bodies were sent to the Government Royapettah Hospital for postmortem.

Initially, the police didn't identify the couple. Later, they identified them with the help of the vehicle registration number. 

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