In yet another instance of a mishap involving a parked vehicle, a van rear-ended a trailer truck allegedly parked on NH-57 near Takera Square under Nayagarh’s Dasapalla police limits in the early hours of Thursday killing one passenger and critically injuring five others.
The injured were rushed to Nayagarh District Headquarters Hospital for treatment.
As per reports, the van with a picnic party of 15-16 youths was returning from Daringibadi in Kandhamal district to Cuttack’s Athagarh. Though it is suspected that dense fog impaired the driver’s vision who could not see the parked vehicle, the truck too was parked on a curve on the road, which is said to be the prime cause behind the bus driver’s failure in spotting the vehicle on the front.
Following the accident, the firefighters arrived at the spot and cut open the mangled bus with gas cutters. While one person died on the spot, the injured were shifted to hospital.
Dasapalla police have launched a probe into the matter.
It is worthwhile to mention here that thousands of trucks parked on the National Highways and State Highways in Odisha is a common sight for travellers. While this kind of dangerous parking has resulted in many accidents and loss of lives in the past, the practice still continues.
Earlier in the month, eight persons lost their lives and seven others were critically injured after the van they were travelling in rear-ended a truck parked on National Highway-20 near Balijodi in Keonjhar, just a few kilometers away from Maa Tarini shrine.