Oklahoma City :: The five india youth who were in the car died at the scene of massive injuries, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports. The collision occurred just south of Interstate 40 on Interstate 35 in the southbound lanes. The driver of a tractor-trailer was not injured.
The patrol reports that the car was traveling south when it went off the roadway then returned and went under the tractor-trailer, shearing off the roof of the car. The car spun onto the I-40 westbound lanes as it caught fire.
Everyone in the car was ejected. Their names have not been released pending notification of relatives, the patrol reports.
The driver of the tractor-trailer wore a seat belt. It is not known if anyone wore a seat belt in the car.
6:40 a.m.: All lanes of traffic are open at I-35 and I-40 near downtown Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.
6:30 a.m.: Ramp to southbound I-35 is open from I-40 westbound.
6:05 a.m.: All downtown traffic southbound on I-235 must exit at NW 6.
5 a.m. Five people are dead in a collision between a car and a tractor-trailer at Interstate 35 and Interstate 40, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.
The crash happened about 1 a.m. Friday, a dispatcher reports. The crash was near the westbound I-40 ramp onto southbound I-35.
The eastbound and westbound on-ramps from I-40 to southbound I-35 are closed Friday morning, the state Transportation Department reports.
The victims have been identified as Jaswanth Reddy Subbayyagari, Phanindra Gade, Anurag Anthati, Srinivas Ravi and Venkat, all from Hyderabad.
Out of them only Venkat is married. All of them were software professionals working in US.
TANA President Prasad Thotakura, Executive Vice President Mohan Nannapaneni, Foundation Trustee Srinivas Jarugula, TEAM Square committee chair Anjaiah Chowdary Lavu are closely working with the families and friends of deceased to provide necessary help.
TEAM Square volunteers Srikanth Rava, Rajasekhar Bheemireddy and Ravi Mallapuram are helping TANA TEAM Square in making arrangements to send the bodies to India .
Prasad Thotakura, TANA president, spoke with the Oklahoma City’s medical examiner, funeral home in Dallas, and the consulate in Houston, to make arrangements to send the bodies to India.
TANA expressed deepest condolences to the families and friends.
TANA TEAM Square is not seeking donations at present, however there may be a need for financial assistance as all these individuals are recently graduated and employed.