Chennai, Mar 18 (PTI) Former national racing champion Ashwin Sundar and his wife Niveditha died in a mishap at MRC Nagar here today. Also Read - US Elections 2020: Mark Zuckerberg Warns of 'Civil Unrest' if Results Take Too Long, Says Nation Divided

According to police sources, the car in which the two were traveling caught fire after it hit a roadside tree. Also Read - 'Who The Hell Are You?', US Lawmakers Scold Twitter, Facebook & Google CEOs During Senate Hearing

Sundar and his wife were charred to death inside the vehicle, the police sources said. Also Read - Facebook Launches Free-to-play Cloud Gaming Feature For Android, Web Users | Details Here

The burning of the car was streamed live on Facebook which instantly went viral on social media.

Police officials claimed that the racer’s over speeding was the reason behind the crash.

Fire and rescue services personnel from Mylapore also rushed to spot but it took around half-an-hour to put out the fire.

FMSCI chief Akbar Ebrahim and former Indian F1 driver Karun Chadhok wrote condolence messages on Facebook.

Sundar had won the national title in car racing and two-wheeler events on several occasions. His wife Niveditha was a doctor in a private hospital in Chennai.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.