Saswat Singhdeo

Berhampur/Balasore: On the first day of the new year, as many as four persons lost their lives in separate road accidents across Odisha.

In Ganjam, three persons died on the spot and two others suffered critical injuries after their bikes fell off Kochinada bridge under Digapahandi Police limits. As per reports, the victims were travelling on two motorcycles from Raijhol to Padmatola for new year celebrations. The injured were admitted to hospital.

Similarly, in Balasore, a motorcyclist was killed after being hit by a truck near Bamapada area. Following the incident, some irate locals blocked the National Highway-16 demanding compensation for the victim's family.