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Ramakanta Biswas

At least five persons lost their lives in a tragic road accident on National Highway -149 near Kantiapasi under Khamar police limits in Angul in the wee hours of Tuesday.

The mishap took place after 12 am last night when the car reportedly speeding out of control while en route to Injidi from Palahada rammed into a stationary truck parked near Kantiapasi. 

While three passengers on board the vehicle died on the spot, two others were pronounced dead at a health centre. The impact of the collision was so severe that the car was badly mangled. 

According to sources, the iron-laden truck was halted on the left side of the road due to technical snag when the car bearing registration number OD02F 5577 hit it from the rear.

Two persons injured in the mishap were taken to Khamar community health centre where they were pronounced dead by the doctor. 

Though the identity of the deceased has not been ascertained immediately, police sources said they hailed from Injidi village. 

The police said all the occupants of the car were supporters of a Sarpanch candidate. They had gone to Palahada on the final day of vote counting yesterday and were on their way back home after the completion of the counting when the mishap occurred. 

The police have seized both the vehicles and are carrying further investigation into the matter.

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