Mrunal Manmay Dash

At least five persons reportedly lost their lives after a speeding pick-up van collided with the auto-rickshaw they were travelling in near Basantpur under Keonjhar’s Pandapada police limits on Saturday.

Five persons also sustained serious injuries in this mishap.

As per reports, eight people were travelling in the ill-fated auto-rickshaw towards Keonjhar when the pick-up van hit the vehicle. The mishap occurred near a sharp turn on the road.

The speeding pick-up van lost control at the turn and rammed into the auto-rickshaw. Following the accident, locals rescued the injured and rushed them to Keonjhar hospital in ambulance.

Police have reached the spot and launched a probe in this connection is underway.

More details awaited.

In another road mishap on Saturday, a woman was killed while over 15 were injured after an auto-rickshaw, carrying around 18 labourers, turned turtle near Sankes in Rayagada.

All the injured admitted to a nearby hospital and the condition of four persons were stated to be critical.

(Reported By Pranay Pani & Maudi Barik, OTV)