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Four Telugu men perish in explosive car crash

Michigan State Police say that last Sunday a vehicle was traveling south in the northbound lanes of the Lodge freeway in Southfield near Telegraph when it collided with an SUV carrying four Telugu men. The fatal accident caused an explosive inferno that killed the occupants.

The Telugu community is comprised of individuals from India's state of Andhra Pradesh with their native language being Telugu. Three of the deceased, aged 35, 32 and 30 respectively, lived in Farmington Hills and worked as IT professionals in Novi.

The fourth gentleman, age 50, was in town to visit his granddaughter. He was also the father-in-law of the 30-year-old IT professional who perished in the explosion.

The Medical Examiner's office, as well as state police, did not release the victims' names Sunday, as their bodies needed to be identified by family Monday morning.

There were 13 deaths in Michigan over the weekend due to car accidents. With four of those deaths being from the Telugu community alone, president-elect of the Detroit Telugu Association, Venkat Aekka, said their community finds the losses devastating.

The men came to America on work visas, according to Mr. Aekka. The families of these men desire to have the remains of their loved ones shipped back home to Andhra Pradesh state in India.

The Detroit Telugu Association is accepting donations and raising funds to have the bodies of the deceased transported to their respective families.

Source: The Detroit News "Metro Detroit's Telugu community mourning four who died in Sunday crash," Santiago Esparza, Oct. 24, 2011

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