6 Indians killed in crash on way to Niagara

WEST SPRINGFIELD (Pennsylvania): Six Indian citizens who were on their way to Niagara Falls were killed when their minivan spun out of control and was hit by a car on a Pennsylvania highway, police said on Sunday.

Four of those killed were working at the Troy, a Michigan-based information technology company, and two were spouses of employees, company spokesman Jonathan James said.

The minivan had just crossed the Pennsylvania-Ohio border on Saturday afternoon when it crossed the highway median and began flipping and rolling, coming to rest on its roof, authorities said.

It was then struck by an oncoming westbound car, whose driver was treated at a hospital and discharged on Saturday night.

The minivan driver Kaushik Deb, 26, of the Troy died in the impact. The passengers killed were: Manoj Jharia, 35; Mili Jharia, 28; Nitin Agarwal, 29; Swati Agarwal, 25; and Shubham Choudory, 24. The Jharias and Agarwals were married, police said.

The sole survivor in the minivan, Nitin Gupta, 28, was sitting in the front seat. He was treated and discharged from a hospital. — AP

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