British police identify three killed in accident

British police have identified three Latvian nationals killed July 24 in a two-vehicle accident in Cambridgeshire, north of London.

The dead are 28-year-old Mihails Bažanovs, 38-year-old Dainis Dreviņš and 46-year-old Aleksandrs Puzanskis, according to local media reports. All three lived in Wisbech and had only recently arrived in the United Kingdom to work.

They were killed when the vehicle in which they were riding collided with a truck on a highway near Chatteris, media reports said. Four other men in the vehicle, all believed to be Lithuanians, were injured. The truck driver also was hurt.

Bažanovs and Dreviņš had arrived in Britain three days before the accident, reported The Evening Telegraph in Peterborough. Puzanskis, the father of four, had moved 10 days before the accident to Wisbech along with his partner. One of his daughters also lives in Britain.

Police continue their investigation into the cause of the accident.

The tragedy is reminiscent of traffic accidents involving Latvian immigrants in 2004 and 2006 in Ireland. In the 2004 accident, three men from Latvia were killed in a one-vehicle accident in County Donegal. In 2006, four of the five people killed in a two-car wreck near Buncrana in northwestern Ireland were from Latvia.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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