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Vikash Sharma

At least five people were killed in a tragic road mishap involving an SUV and a truck on Mahanadi bridge in Sonepur district in the wee hours of Saturday.

As per initial reports, at least 10 persons from Nimna village under Ullunda block of Sonepur district were returning after attending a marriage function at Kaudiamunda village when the mishap occurred at around 1 am last night.

Sources said that the SUV in which all baraatis were returning hit a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction on the Mahanadi bridge.

Five of the occupants were killed on the spot while five others were rescued from the badly mangled vehicle by police and other rescue teams with the help of gas cutters.

All the injured were initially rushed to Sonepur hospital and subsequently shifted to Burla Medical College and Hospital for treatment after their condition deteriorated. Meanwhile, Sonepur police has started an investigation into the incident.

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