Four Missouri S&T students killed in accident

Monday, May 9, 2011 | 10:29 a.m. CDT

ROLLA — Four students from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla died and a fifth was injured in a car accident near Iberia.

The university announced Monday that the Sunday morning accident occurred on Missouri 42 when a car driven by one of the students crossed the center line and was struck by another car.

The driver, 22-year-old Murali Bottu, of Chittoor, India, was seriously injured. He graduated Friday night with a master's degree in electrical engineering. Four passengers in his car, all from India, were dead at the scene.

The victims were 24-year-old Srupen Reddy Velumula; 22-year-old Sri Harsha Chitturi; 21-year-old Srikanth Ravi; and 23-year-old Dheeraj Gudlawar.

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Ellis Smith May 9, 2011 | 1:28 p.m.

The only reason why anyone from Rolla (students, faculty, townspeople) would be on MO 42 would be either to get to Lake of the Ozarks or to return from Lake of the Ozarks to Rolla. At best MO 42 is a lousy highway, to be avoided if possible.

The students may have gone to Lake of the Ozarks to celebrate graduation.

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