Kalahandi/Jajpur/Bhadrak: At least four persons were killed and three others sustained multiple injuries in separate road mishaps in different places in Odisha on Thursday.
In the first mishap, a couple out for morning walk died after being run over by an unidentified vehicle at around 5 AM near Mahichala village chhak on NH-26 under Junagarh block of Kalahandi district. The deceased have been identified as Chandradwaja Bemal and his wife Kalabati.
Irate over the incident, locals staged a demonstration by blocking the road by burning tyres. Vehicular traffic between Bhawanipatna-Jeypore was disrupted due to the road blockade. The locals are demanding compensation for the kin of the deceased and immediate arrest of the accused.
In another incident, a woman was killed while two others including the driver of 108 ambulance injured after the vehicle was hit a speeding truck near Dala Chhak in Jajpur district today.
Following the mishap, the injured were admitted to Jajpur Road Hospital. Later, the driver was shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) in Cuttack after his condition deteriorated.
While the identity of the deceased is yet to be identified, police said the mishap took place when the ambulance was on its way to Jajpur Road from Panikoili. Police have sent the body for post-mortem and launched an investigation in connection with the incident.
In another incident, a youth was killed while his friend received critical injuries after a truck rammed into their motorcycle near Nichapur Chhak on Bhadrak-Chandbali road in Bhadrak district today.
The deceased has been identified as Rajendra Sahoo of Nua Sasan under Tihidi block. The injured, Niranjan Tripathy was initially admitted to Bhadrak District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) and later shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack in a critical condition.
According to reports, both Rajendra and his friend Niranjan were travelling to Dhenkanal on a motorcycle when the mishap occurred.
The driver of the truck fled the spot after the accident, sources said.