Canada: Indian couple, their grandchild killed in multi-vehicle accident

Whitby (Ontario) (Canada), May 4: An Indian couple and their grandchild were among four people killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 401 in Whitby on Monday.

The Consulate General of India, Toronto, expressed deep condolences on the tragic loss of Manivannan, Mahalakshmi and their grandchild, who were involved in the fatal accident on Highway 401 in Whitby.

“Sincere condolences on the tragic loss of Indian nationals, Mr. Manivannan, Mrs. Mahalakshmi and their grandchild in the collision on Highway 401. CG met the bereaved families at the hospital and assured all possible assistance. We are in contact with the Canadian authorities,” the Consulate General of India, Toronto, said in a message on X.

According to Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, the collision, which occurred Monday evening, claimed the lives of four people, including the three-month-old child. The victims, who are from India, were traveling in a Nissan Sentra when the accident occurred. Together with the couple, their grandson tragically died on the spot.

The child’s grieving parents, residents of Ajax, survived the crash but suffered injuries. The 33-year-old father and 27-year-old mother were both hospitalized, while the mother was treated for serious injuries.

The van involved in the collision also suffered casualties. The 21-year-old male driver of the van was pronounced dead at the scene, while his 38-year-old male passenger was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Authorities have launched a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident. The province’s Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate the details of the collision, with a team of investigators and reconstruction experts working to unravel the sequence of events.

In the wake of the heartbreaking loss, the Consulate General of India in Toronto has assured the relatives of all possible assistance and remains in close contact with Canadian authorities.

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