Indian-Origin Truck Driver, Ravikesh Kumar, Killed In Road Accident In US

New York: A 26-year-old Indian-origin truck driver has been killed after the lorry, carrying Christmas packages, flipped over in the US state of California.

Ravikesh Kumar was driving the two-axle box truck when the crash happened around 3:20 AM on Tuesday on southbound interstate road. The truck crashed into a minivan abandoned on the right shoulder, turned over and hit a large metal pole, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said.

He was trapped in the truck’s cab after the crash. When crews got him out, Kumar was taken to a Walnut Creek hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, the official said.

The truck carrying hundreds of packages of the US Postal Service (USPS), many of them wrapped for Christmas, spilled all over the freeway. A scooter, a Lego set, art kits and a coffee maker were among the many items strewn around the wreckage of the truck, NBC Bay Area reported.

Kumar worked for a private company carrying FedEx mail headed to a San Jose postal facility for residents in the area, said Gus Ruiz, a USPS spokesman.

Postal Service employees were sifting through the packages that had been on the truck to ensure that undamaged parcels reach their destinations, Ruiz said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but officials said it doesn’t appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Kumar’s wife had just been able to immigrate from their homeland of Fiji to the US, the report said.

For Kumar’s friends and family, who are all involved in the trucking business themselves, all this has driven them to the intersection of grief and great perspective.

“It’s just a reminder for everybody you know…Who’s driving a truck out there or driving a car…To be cautious this holiday season and, just to take care,” said his uncle.