Six Indian citizens heading to Niagara Falls from Troy, Michigan were killed in a car crash Saturday. The crash took place on Interstate 90, in Pennsylvania, and claimed 4 co-workers and 2 of their wives. From the Detroit Free Press:
The driver, Kaushik Deb, 26, of Troy, died on impact.
James identified the passengers killed as Manoj Jharia, 35; Mili Jharia, 28; Nitin Agrwal, 29; Swati Singhal, 25, and Subham Choudhary, 24. The Jharias, Agrwal and Singhal were from Jabalpur, Choudhary from Indore and Deb was from Calcutta, but they all appeared to live in communities throughout Oakland County.
Deb, Choudhary, Manoj Jharia and Agrwal were Syntel software writers.
The Jharias were married, as were Agrwal and Singhal, James said. Neither couple had children.
The only survivor, Nitin Gupta, 28, was in the front passenger seat, police said. He was treated and released from a hospital.
According to the Erie Times-News, the exact cause of the crash is unknown, but the minivan they were in crossed the median, rolled and was hit by a vehicle coming from the opposite direction. All six bodies will be sent back to India.
The families of all the victims in India have been notified, Jonathan James, a spokesman for Syntel Inc., said Sunday.