Indo-Canadian community mourns five students who died in a road accident in Ontario | national news
MONTREAL – Members of the Indian community in Canada are in mourning after the death of five students in a collision between a van and a tractor-trailer on Highway 401 in Ontario last weekend.
Harpreet Singh, Jaspinder Singh, Karanpal Singh, Mohit Chouhan and Pawan Kumar, all Indian students between the ages of 21 and 24, were pronounced dead at the scene of Saturday’s crash.
A spokesperson for Canada College, a Montreal school that takes in international students, said at least three of those who died and one of the two injured survivors studied at the school.
John David Couturier says the school administration is devastated by the loss and is scrambling to support the students and arrange for the bodies of the victims to be sent back to India.
The van was traveling west on Highway 401 Saturday morning when it collided with a tractor-trailer around 3:45 a.m. near Quinte West, Ont.
Dr Shivendra Dwivedi, who heads an organization called Canada India Global Forum, said the community was shaken by the loss and was mobilizing resources to help families in India as well as friends of the victims in Canada.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on March 14, 2022.
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