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Indian priest dies in car accident, 3 others injured

An Indian priest died in a car accident in the southern Indian state of Kerala on May 29, while three others sustained injuries. 

Fr Abraham (Manoj Paul) Ottaplakkal, the vice-rector of Thalassery Minor Seminary, was killed when the vehicle he was traveling in collided with a fuel tanker parked by the side of the road in Kozhikode.

According to a report, the incident occurred around four in the morning on Monday.

The other three priests, George Karott, John Mundolikkal, and Joseph Pandarapparambil suffered injuries. Two of them had serious head injuries. However, a hospital source has reported that they are no longer in danger.

Following a program in Kottayam, they were all en route to Thalassery. 

According to his friends, family, and others, he was a talented painter.

On December 27, 2011, Ottaplakkal of the Archdiocese of Thalassery received his priestly ordination. 

He previously held the manager position at Thalassery's Sanjose Metropolitan Senior Secondary School.

Thalassery is a municipality and a commercial city located on the Malabar Coast in the Kannur district in the Indian state of Kerala, 

The Archdiocese of Thalassery is grieving the loss of Ottaplackal and requests prayers for the injured priests' quick recovery following this tragic incident.- Santosh Digal


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