Nabarangpur: The helper of a bus was killed and as many as five passengers were critically injured when the vehicle collided with a tipper near Sompeta on Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border on Monday.
According to reports, the private bus named 'Tripathy' carrying more than 30 passengers was on its way from Nabarangpur to Bhubaneswar when a speeding tipper hit it near Sompeta.
The drivers of the vehicles apparently lost control of the wheel while trying to negotiate a sharp curve on the road resulting in the collision, sources said.
Locals rushed to the spot immediately following the accident and carried out rescue operation. However, the helper succumbed to his injuries which he had sustained under the impact of the collision.
The injured were admitted to a nearby hospital in critical conditions.
Upon being informed, Nabarangpur police rushed to the spot. A case was registered at the police station and investigation is on.
Earlier on February 23, one person had been killed while 31 others got injured in two separate road incidents in the State.
At least 17 labourers had been injured after the tractor, carrying them, overturned near Rajpur area in Patrapur of Ganjam district.
In another incident, as many as 15 passengers had sustained multiple injuries after a passenger bus overturned in Keonjhar district.
(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)