Five students from India killed in Canadian highway crash

Ottawa/New Delhi, March 14 : Five students from India were killed and two others injured in a highway crash in Ontario, central Canada. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has condoled the deaths. Ajay Bisaria, India’s High Commissioner in Canada, tweeted about the incident. “Heart-breaking tragedy in Canada: 5 Indians students passed away in an auto accident near Toronto on Saturday. Two others in hospital.” According to Canadian media reports, the five students from India have been identified as the victims of a fatal collision between a van and a tractor trailer on Highway 401 in Quinte West, Ontario, on Saturday. Police said the dead have been identified as Harpreet Singh, Jaspinder Singh, Karanpal Singh, Mohit Chouhan and Pawan Kumar. The victims’ range in age from 21 to 24 years old and provincial police say they were all students in the Greater Toronto and Montreal areas. They were travelling west in a passenger van on Highway 401 Saturday morning when they collided with a tractor trailer at around 3:45 a.m. Police say two other passengers were taken to hospital with serious injuries following the crash. EAM Jaishankar, in a tweet, condoled the deaths: “Deepest condolences to the families of the victims. @IndiainToronto team in touch with friends of the victims for assistance.” RN

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