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Horrific I-85 crash claims lives of 3 Indian American women from Atlanta

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Atlanta, GA, April 27, 2024: Three Indian American women from an extended family in Conyers, Georgia, lost their lives in a horrific car accident along Interstate 85 on Friday. The incident, which occurred near Lakeside Road in Greenville at approximately 12:05 p.m., has left a community in mourning.

The deceased were identified by a source as Sangeeta, Manisha and Rekha, all members of the same extended family. The driver, who was also female, survived the crash but is currently hospitalized in critical condition. The four were on their way to a baby shower in Greenville.

According to reports from both local sources and the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the fatal crash occurred when an SUV, traveling northbound on I-85, veered off the right shoulder. The vehicle then careened up an embankment, plowed through the cement bridge abutment of the Staunton Bridge Road overpass, and jumped over all four lanes of traffic. The SUV crashed into trees on the opposite side of the bridge, before finally plummeting down an embankment.

The Greenville County Coroner’s Office provided details of the accident to local media, indicating that the vehicle’s trajectory led it to strike trees approximately 20 feet above ground level after leaping over the busy interstate.

WATCH: Horrific I-85 crash claims lives of 3 Indian American women from Atlanta (youtube.com)

Emergency response teams, including the Greenville County Coroner’s Office, South Carolina Highway Patrol, Gantt Fire and Rescue, and multiple Greenville County EMS units, swiftly descended upon the scene to render aid and manage the aftermath of the devastating crash.

Investigators are diligently working to ascertain the cause of the accident and understand why the vehicle left the roadway, as the community grapples with the loss of three lives.

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