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Among the deceased victims is a child aged just nine years old

By Harriet Alexander for Dailymail.com

03:48 December 28, 2023, updated 05:37 December 28, 2023

  • Six members of a family traveling in a Honda Odyssey minivan were killed Tuesday in a crash near Fort Worth, Texas.
  • A Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 17-year-old took the wrong turn on the highway and hit them head-on.
  • The driver of the Honda Odyssey had moved from India to Irving, Texas in August 2020.

Six members of the same family were killed after their minivan was hit head-on by a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 17-year-old who was driving the wrong way on the highway.

Rushil Barri, 28, who was driving the Honda Odyssey, had taken his loved ones to the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and was returning home to Irving, Texas, when the crash occurred.

Barri, who left India for the United States in August 2020, was killed along with five of his six passengers: his cousin, his cousin’s wife, two young children and his in-laws, all from Alpharetta, Georgia.

A seventh person in the Honda Odyssey, a 43-year-old man, was seriously injured.

Rushil Barri, 28, left India for Texas in August 2020. He was killed in a head-on car accident on Tuesday, when a van traveling the wrong way hit his car.

The five dead are Naveena Potabathula, 36; Nageswararao Ponnada, 64; Sitamahalakshmi Ponnada, 60 years old; and children, Krithik Potabathula, 10, and Nishidha Potabathula, 9.

The 17-year-old driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck and his 17-year-old passenger were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Barri’s roommate, Ayyappala Bandaru, told NBC News that at 4:01 p.m. Tuesday, a message was sent from his friend’s iPhone saying the phone had experienced a crash.

“We were in shock at what just happened,” Bandaru said.

“We tried to reach everyone in the car and no one answered.”

The two badly damaged vehicles — a Honda Odyssey and a Chevrolet pickup truck — are visible following Tuesday’s crash on U.S. 67 in Johnson County.
The accident happened at 4 p.m. Tuesday, as the family was returning from a day at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.
Ambulances and fire trucks are pictured at the scene of Tuesday’s accident.
Ayyappala Bandaru (left), Barri’s roommate, said they were “like brothers” and praised his friend’s ambition

He said Barri was ambitious and driven.

“We were like brothers,” Bandaru said. “He’s actually like my brother here.

“He had very big dreams. He was always thinking about tomorrow. He was like, “Man, we gotta rule this world. »

“We came here with a lot of difficulty.”

Sergeant William Lockridge of the Texas Department of Public Safety said it was unclear why the 17-year-old was driving the wrong way.

“For some reason unknown at that time, the Chevrolet pickup truck entered the northbound lane and struck the Honda Odyssey head-on,” he said.

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