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Meteorite Suspected in Death of Man in India

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    Meteorite Suspected in Death of Man in India
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    Indian authorities inspect the site of a suspected meteorite landing on February 7, 2016 in Vellore district in southern Tamil Nadu state in an impact that killed a bus driver and injured three others on February 6. If proven, it would be the first such death in recorded history. The impact of the object left a large crater in the ground and shattered window panes in a nearby building, killing the driver who was walking past.

    Indian scientists are investigating whether a man was killed by a meteorite, which if confirmed would be the first recorded death from falling fragments of space rock in almost 200 years, NBC News reported.

    Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, has said a bus driver at a college in her state was killed by the meteorite and awarded 100,000 rupees ($1,470) in compensation to his family.

    "A meteorite fell within the college premises," Jayalalithaa said. The man "sustained serious injuries and died while on the way to the hospital".

    Jayalalithaa, a former film star, left tight-lipped local officials struggling to explain the mystery blast at the engineering college that left a small crater and broke windows.

    The bus driver was standing on a patch of grass near the college cafeteria when he was killed, while two gardeners and a student were injured, officials said. A dark blue stone resembling a diamond was found at the scene.