20-year-old Indian international student Rishabh Verma was killed in an accident involving two trucks in the early hours of the morning on 28 April.

Originally from Moga, Punjab, he traveled to Australia on a student visa in 2019 and was studying automobile engineering at Trinity Institute in Parramatta.

Rishabh Verma
The scene of the accident

Rishabh was working as a truck driver. On the morning of 28 April he was driving a flatbed truck loaded with gas cylinders when he collided with the back of a Volvo semi-trailer about 20km West of Sydney. He died at the scene.

New South Wales Police issued the following statement:

Rishabh Verma

A man has died after two trucks crashed in Sydney’s south-west this morning. Emergency services were called to the M7, near the Camden Walley Way off-ramp, at Prestons, about 6.30am (Wednesday 28 April 2021), after reports two trucks had collided. The driver of a Mitsubishi table-top truck – laden with gas cylinders – was trapped in the wreckage and died at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified. The driver of a Volvo prime mover, 30-year-old man, was taken to Liverpool Hospital for mandatory testing. Officers from Liverpool City Police Area Command are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Rishabh’s friend, Avinashi Singh, said:

Rishabh was like a brother to me. He was a really good guy, a hard worker, and a generally happy individual

Help Rishabh’s Family

Rishabh Verma

The Indian community in Sydney is rallying together to raise money for the family of Rishabh Verma so that they can bring his remains home. Avinashi has set up a gofundme page which has quickly raised over $20,000.

Avinashi said:

We just want to help the family and bring him home. No amount of money will make up for this loss,” Avinashi said mournfully. “But we want to help as much as we can.

If you want to help, you can make a donation at gofundme:

Trinity College has also contacted Rishabh’s family with an offer to assist with the costs.

Source: IndianLinkNews, gofundme