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Head-on collision in AL kills Indian student & teen; five others injured

File photo of Joy Mathew, courtesy IFA.

NRI Pulse Staff Report

Atlanta, GA, Feb 22: Joy Mathew Moses, 24, of Troy University was killed and four other Indian students injured in a car crash in Alabama, early Saturday morning.

The crash also killed Elizabeth Farris English, 19, of Elba whose vehicle collided head-on with Moses’ car. The crash occurred on a rural road, and help arrived after 30 minutes, according to a source.

Both English and Joy Mathew died at the scene of the two-vehicle crash on Alabama 167 at the 38.8-mile maker, seven miles north of Enterprise. The crash occurred at around 3:45 a.m, reports

All five were students of Troy University in Alabama.

“Consul General Atlanta has informed me that five Indian students of Troy University Alabama met with a car accident last night. We have lost Joy Mathew. Bharath and Vamshi of Poddutur AP have suffered serious injuries. Nikhil and Yeshawanth have minor injuries,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted, of the incident.

According to a press release issued by Indian Friends of Atlanta (IFA) late Sunday night, Bharath is in stable condition and is admitted to Flowers Hospital, 4370 W Main St, Dothan, AL 36305 and Vamshi is admitted to Birmingham Hospital and is in critical condition. Nikhil and Yeshawanth have minor injuries.

A passenger in English’s vehicle was injured and transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Bharath is in stable condition at Flowers Hospital, Dothan, AL. Photo courtesy: Madhu Tata of TANA.

Consulate General of India, Atlanta is providing all the required assistance in the repatriation process. Indian Friends of Atlanta – IFAs’ Sunil Savili, Consul DV Singh, and Telugu Association of North America (TANA) Secretary Madhu Tata were in Dothan, Alabama to coordinate assistance between Troy University, Consulate General of India, Atlanta and the Funeral Home.

“Joy Mathew Moses was pursuing Master of Sciences in Computers at Troy University. According to TANA secretary, Madhu Tata, there will be a viewing Monday at the University of Troy. While the process to send the body to India has begun, it is likely to reach India on Thursday or Friday, he said. The team that returned to Atlanta at 5 am Monday morning, is in touch with the Telangana government regarding this.

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