Two Indian students were killed and one critically injured when the car in which they were travelling met with an accident on Monday, October 29 in the south of Tokoroa in Waikato.
Police on Monday, October 29 confirmed over media release that two people have died and one road transported to Rotorua Hospital and two flown to Waikato Hospital in critical and serious condition after they met an accident on SH 1 near Ohaukuri just after 5 p.m.
As Stuff reported, two died in the accident were Mukul Jaglan from New Delhi and Bikramjit Singh from Amritsar, Punjab, while their third friend Amit Sharma, also from Punjab who was sitting in the rear seat of the car suffered critical injuries and is now admitted to Auckland Hospital.
Stuff reported that Mr Jaglan had gone with his friends to see his sister in Taupo and met the accident with an oncoming vehicle while returning to Auckland.
Police is continuing investigation about the cause of the accident and are yet to officially release names of deceased persons after informing the next of kin of the people involved. The Indian Weekender has been able to speak to some of the shocked members of the community in the knowledge of the tragic incident.
“This is devastating news for the Indian community.
“Too many fatal deaths within our community on the roads, especially of young people,” said one exasperated community leader closely liaising with police and friends and family members of deceased.
It is important to note that this fatal crash has added to a total of four Indian nationals and one Nepali student dead in October.
On Sunday, October 14, 25-year-old Harpreet Singh died in a crash with tourist bus in Queenstown, and in a separate incident 23-year-old Indian student Yatharth Vats and Nepali student Shamuel BK killed in a head-on car crash on the same night in New Plymouth.
A St John’s spokesperson confirmed media that Waikato Westpac Rescue and Taupo Greenlea Rescue helicopters took two injured separately to Waikato Hospital. The third person in critical condition has been transferred to Auckland Hospital from Waikato Hospital as per the latest updates.
Another person who suffered moderate injuries was taken to Rotorua Hospital by road.
The Serious Crash Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash.
Mr Jaglan’s sister has travelled from Taupo to conduct his last rites in Auckland, and Mr Singh’s body will be repatriated to India sometime this week.