Three Bangladeshi students were killed in a head-on collision between two vehicles in the north of Winnipeg in the Canadian state of Manitoba on Thursday.
The deceased are: Aditta Noman, Aranoor Asad Chowdhury, and Rasul Badhan.All of them were students of the University of Manitoba in Canada.
The accident occurred at around 6:30 am (Bangladesh local time) on Thursday on Highway 7, about 10 kilometres south of the Interlake community of Arborg, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police, reports CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).
Police said the accident happened at a place outside Winnipeg when the trio went to see northern lights, or aurora borealis.
Two cars collided early in the morning on the highway, about 10km south of the Interlake community of Arborg, the report said quoting the local unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
The Bangladeshi students were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the RCMP.
“It's very devastating to the community,” Tasneem Vali, vice-chair of Manitoba Islamic Association, told CBC News.Police said two of the students were 23-year-old. They are yet to verify the third student’s age.
Aranoor was a third-year student studying statistics, Badhan was also in the third year studying accounting and supply chain at the Asper School of Business, and Aditta was studying agriculture, said the trio’s friend Fardeen Zareef.
The three friends had driven north with three other cars to try to see Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, a natural phenomenon of light that occurs in the sky close to the North Pole, Zareef said.