Bhubaneswar: At least three persons killed and seven others injured in separate road mishaps at different places of the State on Saturday.
In the first incident, a farmer was killed after a paddy-laden truck ran over him near Kendubahali Chhak under Kantabanji area in Bolangir district.
The deceased, Gharua Satnami of nearby Satnamipada village was going to his farmland when he was hit by the speeding truck.
Irate over the incident, villagers later staged a road blockade at Kendubahali Chhak by placing Satnami's body demanding compensation for the family members of the deceased.
"He was the only earning member of the family and we want a compensation of Rs 30 lakh for his family," said a co-villager of the deceased.
In Bhadrak, tension ran high at Rajghat Sani Mandir Chhak under Dahanigadia area after a truck mowed down a man. The deceased identified as Kalindi Patra of Gopabandhu Nagar had gone to the market to buy vegetables when the truck engaged in some construction work of bypass ran over him.
Following the incident, locals detained the truck and alleged that there has been a significant rise in road accidents due to the ongoing construction work on the route. Later, police rushed to the spot after getting information and pacified the mob.
A man died while his wife suffered critical injuries after the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a speeding truck in Dhenkanal. The injured woman has been shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.
In another mishap, six persons including minor sustained injuries after the ambulance they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck at Hatibari Chhak in Sambalpur district on Saturday morning.
The ambulance was transporting the minor patient from Rairakhol to Sambalpur when the emergency vehicle met with the accident.
Four among the six injured have been admitted to Sambalpur District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) while the critically injured driver and attendant of the ambulance have been shifted to VIMSAR in Burla.