Paradip: A truck skidded off a bridge and fell into the Mahanadi near Bhutamundai here today. Driver of the truck identified as Ajit Mandal hailing from the Udayabat area in Paradip is missing after the incident.
According to reports, the mishap occurred when the truck en-route to Chandikhole from Paradip hit the left railing of the bridge leading to the fall. Sources said the driver lost control over the truck for some reason.
On being informed, officials from the Paradip Lock Police rushed to the spot and started rescue operation.
Three teams of fire personnel from Kujang in Jagatsinghpur district and Marshaghai in Kendrapara district have also rushed to the spot to trace the missing truck driver and recover the vehicle from the water.
Meanwhile, a team of divers has also been called to support the rescue operation since water level in the river has gone up after the recent rains.
Meanwhile investigation is on to find out the exact reason behind the mishap. More reports are awaited.