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Three Indian college students were killed in a two-car crash in the town of Sheffield, in the Berkshires, Massachusetts.

The accident happened around 5:30 A.M., on Oct. 25, when the van they were traveling in struck a pick-up truck coming from the opposite direction. Their northbound Toyota Sienna collided with a southbound Chevrolet Silverado, Andrew McKeever, director of communications for the Berkshire District Attorney’s office, said in a press release.

One of the two cars swerved crossed the yellow line dividing a narrow and tortuous Route 7, a north–south highway in western New England that runs for 308 miles through the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Victims Identified

There were seven occupants in the Toyota Sienna, of whom three were killed on the spot. They were Prem Kumar Reddy Goda, 27, Pavani Gullapally, 22, and Sai Narasimha Patamsetti, 22. The other four were injured and were transported by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment.

The passengers were international college students, six studying at the University of New Haven and one at Sacred Heart University.

Police Statement

They were all headed to the Adirondacks to see the fall foliage and then onward to Vermont to attend a festival, Chief Eric R. Munson of the Sheffield Police Department told India Currents. “The operator of the van said that he could not remember what had happened,” he added.

The driver and the sole occupant of the pick-up truck, Armando Bautista-Cruz, 46, was taken to Fairview Medical Center for his injuries.

Local law enforcement officials are still investigating the circumstances of the collision.

Friends and relatives have set up pages to support the victims’ families. They can be accessed by clicking the victim’s name, above.

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Alakananda Mookerjee

Alakananda Mookerjee lives in Brooklyn, and is a Francophile.