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Indian consulate general identifies elderly couple killed in Canada highway crash

It said the officials met the surviving members of the bereaved family at the hospital and assured them of all possible help.

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By: Shubham Ghosh

THE Indian consulate general in Canada has identified the ill-fated elderly Indian couple who died in a deadly multi-vehicle collision on Highway 401 near Toronto, Ontario, earlier this week, along with their infant grandchild.

The pile-up happened after the police engaged in a dramatic chase of a man suspected of robbery on the wrong side of the busy highway.

The deceased couple were named as Mr Manivannan and Mrs Mahalakshmi.

In a post on X on Friday (3) morning, the consulate general wrote, “Heartfelt condolences on tragic loss of Indian nationals Mr. Manivannan, Mrs. Mahalakshmi and their grandchild in the Highway 401 collision.”

Read: Indian grandparents killed with infant grandchild in Canada highway crash

It also said that officials met the surviving members of the bereaved family at the hospital and assured them of all possible help.

“We are in touch with Canadian authorities,” the consulate general added.

Read: Two of Indian origin among 6 held in Canada gold heist

The 21-year-old suspect, who was driving a white van, was also killed in the collision that involved at least six vehicles. The three-year-old infant’s parents were also injured — the condition of his mother, 27, was serious.

According to Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the grandparents — a 60-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman — were visiting from India.

It also informed about the parents’ injuries. They were residents of Ajax, Ontario, and were travelling in the same car with the grandparents and the baby, the SIU informed.

The collision took place after the chase that started with an alleged liquor store robbery in Bowmanville, Ontario.

The law-keepers pursued the suspect as he drove the wrong way on Highway 401, crashing into on-coming vehicles.

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