Three Indian nationals dead in crash in Scotland, another critic


LONDON: Three Indian nationals, including two students from the University of Leicester and a graduate from the same institute, died in a collision between a car and a lorry in the west of Scotland last week, while another University student, also Indian, was seriously injured in the crash and is battling for life in a Glasgow hospital.
The group of four friends – Girish Subramanyam (23) from Bengaluru; Pavan Bashetty (23) and Sai Varma Chilakamari (24) from Hyderabad; and Sudhakar Modepalli (30) from Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, was on holiday in Scotland when the tragedy happened last Friday (August 19) in the Appin area of ​​Argyll in the Scottish West Highlands, near from Castle Stalker, a majestic Scottish castle surrounded by water, located around 40 minutes north of the popular seaside town of Oban.
Girish, Pavan and Sai were pursuing masters studies at university while Sudhakar, who had already graduated, worked in Leicester. “The incident involved a silver medal Honda Civic and Black HGV, and occurred at around 2.30pm on the A828 Oban Road in Fort William, near Castle Stalker,’ Police Scotland said.
While Girish, Pavan and Sudhakar died at the scene, a seriously injured Sai was taken in an air ambulance to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. According to Indian diplomatic sources, Sai’s condition was still serious but currently stable, and he was out of danger. The driver of the truck, meanwhile, escaped unscathed. Following the accident, the road was closed for 12 hours.
A 47-year-old man was arrested in connection with a traffic violation and released pending further investigation. The Consulate General of India in Edinburgh has been in contact with all the bereaved families in India and will help bring the bodies home.
In Bangalore, Girish’s mother, Aruna Kumari, told TOI she received a call from British police informing them of the tragedy. “We had spoken to him (Girish) on Thursday (August 18) evening. He said he was going to a place with snowfall and he would call the next morning,” she said, adding that the call never came. The family said it could take up to five days for his body to arrive after an autopsy, according to information they have received.
“At this time, our thoughts are with the families and friends of the deceased men. We continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this crash and ask anyone with information to contact officers,” Sergeant Kevin Craig said.
(with input from Bengaluru)



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