Four Grad Students Killed in Accident on Trip to Ozarks

On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Motor Vehicle Accident on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A car accident on Highway 42 in Miller County, Missouri, claimed the lives of four people with ties to the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and left the driver with serious injuries on May 8. Two of the victims had just received their master’s degrees from the university the Friday before the tragic accident, which was a serious blow to the school’s close-knit Indian community.

All five people in the car were natives of India. The group was on its way to an outlet mall at Lake of the Ozarks so that two of the friends, who were headed home later in the week, could buy some items for their families. It appears that the car crossed the median line while on Highway 42 and the driver overcorrected. The car veered back into its lane and was hit by a pickup truck. All four passengers were killed instantly. The Missouri Highway Patrol said that three of the victims were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

The driver survived, but was badly injured. He, along with one of the passengers, had received their master’s degrees from Missouri University of Science and Technology on May 6. A friend said that several friends from campus were taking turns staying with him in the hospital. The university’s Vice Provost of Graduate Studies hoped the driver would recover, which he said would be a great boost to the grieving student community.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 38-year-old Glencove man, was not injured in the crash. His passenger sustained moderate injuries.

Source: KSDK-TV, “Rolla mourns deaths of four Missouri Science & Technology students,” Dave Keiser and Ann Rubin, May 10, 2011

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