Indian-origin man among 4 killed in Canada bus crash

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Vehicles involved in multiple collisions are seen along the HWY 401 and HWY 402 corridor near London, Ontario, Canada December 23, 2022, in this picture obtained from social media. OPP West Region/via REUTERS

Ottawa [Canada] : An Indian-origin man from Amritsar was among the four who died when their bus overturned on an icy highway in British Columbia on Christmas Eve, according to Gurpreet S Sahota, editor of Charhdi Kala and Akal Guardian Punjabi Newspapers.

Although Canadian authorities have yet to confirm the identity of the deceased, the editor of a Punjabi newspaper in Surrey said that Karanjot Singh Sodhi, 41, of Butala, Amritsar, was among those killed in the accident. “One of the four people killed in a bus accident on the Vancouver-Kelowna route on December 24 was Karanjot Singh Sodhi, 41… He was from Butala (Amritsar) and had only recently entered Canada on a work permit in Sept 2022,” wrote Gurpreet S Sahota, editor of the Surrey-based newspaper Akal Guardian, on his Twitter account.

“He was employed as a chef in a restaurant of an Okanagan winery. He left his wife, a son, and a daughter behind in his Punjab village. He was travelling by bus since he believed it was secure,” he added.

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Earlier, the provincial Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) confirmed the news that four people were killed in the bus accident.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
The commercial passenger bus was traveling westbound on Highway 97C-Okanagan Connector when it went off the road and rolled onto its side in the eastbound lanes, according to the release.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened between Merritt and Kelowna. The area is roughly 100 km. (62 mi.) North of the Canada-US border, reported CNN.

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