One of the victims of the bus accident in B.C. has been identified

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L’une of B.C. bus crash victims identified

One of the four victims of the fatal coach crash on Christmas Eve is Karanjot Singh Sodhi (left) who was going to join his cousin, Kalwinder Singh (right), in Surrey for the holiday season.

Friends and family members have identified 41-year-old Karanjot Singh Sodhi as one of four victims of the fatal bus crash on Christmas Eve near of Merritt, British Columbia.

The man from Amritsar, India, was married with two young children, ages 6 and 2. He was visiting a cousin in Surrey to celebrate the holiday season.

I have been in a lot of pain for the past few days, underlines his cousin, Kalwinder Singh, who describes the victim as a hardworking and kind man who arrived in Canada more than three months ago.

The two cousins ​​spoke by video in a call that ended about thirty minutes before the accident, believes Kalwinder Singh. The pair joked and laughed as they discussed the holidays they were due to celebrate together in Surrey.

At around 10 p.m., however, Karanjot Singh Sodhi still had not arrived at his destination, and his family became concerned. The man was not answering his phone, so Kalwinder Singh called the police.

An hour later, the family heard of a fatal coach accident on the route that Karanjot Singh Sodhi was taking. They called nearby hospitals to find out if their cousin was among the injured or dead. The terrible news was not confirmed to them until Christmas Day.

Karanjot's wife is in very bad shape after hearing the news. His mother too, laments Kalwinder Singh.

Haward Collince Michael Samy, who worked with Karanjot Singh Sodhi at a winery in Oliver, about 100 kilometers south of Kelowna, the described as someone who lit up every room he walked into.

The bus, which was traveling between Kelowna and Vancouver, veered off the road on Saturday and overturned on Highway 97C near the Loon Lake exit. Dozens of people had to be taken to hospital. Authorities have not released the names of the victims.

Police suspect that icy roads were the cause of the accident. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 46 people, including 45 passengers and a driver, were on board the coach operated by the Alberta company Ebus on Tuesday.

Authorities in Interior Health say six people remain in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Transport Minister Rob Fleming, ensures that the investigation continues its course. Crews were on site the evening of the accident to clean up the highway and the Minister points out that the winter conditions at the time of the accident were not unusual for this time of year.

With information from Jon Azpiri

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