Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

At least four persons were killed and more than 15 were injured in two separate tragic road accidents at different places in Odisha on Saturday.

In an unfortunate accident, two ‘Danda’ artistes were killed and more than 15 were injured as a pickup van turned turtle at Sompur square under Hinjili police station in Ganjam district on Saturday.

All of them were immediately rushed to Hinjili hospital. However, seven of the injured were shifted to Berhampur MKCG hospital as their condition deteriorated. Conditions of at least three of them are stated to be critical as they have sustained severe head injuries.

As per reports, the ‘Danda’ artistes were returning from Dahimundali village to Kheti Berhampur in two pickup vans after completing a show. However, one of the vehicles lost its balance and overturned near Sompur after hitting a road divider at around 4 am. 

Local residents reached the spot immediately and informed the police. Subsequently, the rescue operation was undertaken and the injured were rushed to the medical immediately.

The driver of the vehicle is reportedly on the run.

In another similar kind of incident, a father-son duo lost their lives in a tragic road accident near Baruhan square in Jajpur. The deceased have been identified as Sainda Jena and his son Muna Jena who were residents of Simulua village in the district.

As per reports, the father and son duo were returning home after visiting a relative’s house on a bike. However, a tipper rammed their vehicle at around 9 pm. In the process, the father died on the spot while the son sustained critical injuries. He was rushed to Jajpur District Headquarters; however, doctors declared him brought dead. A pal of gloom has descended in the area following the tragic incident.