10 killed in road mishap; Rs 2 lakh ex gratia announced

Bolangir: Barely a week after the OSRTC bus caught fire in which five persons were charred alive, another tragic road accident occurred here at Yogimunda near Patanagarh in the wee hours of Thursday. At least 10 people including two children and two women were killed while nine people were injured seriously in the mishap.

The injured were admitted to Patanagarh health center and later shifted to VSS Medical College in Burla. All victims belong to Khaprakhol area in the district, sources said.
The victims were returning from Khujenpali after  attending a wedding ceremony while the Tavera jeep in which they were travelling lost control and hit with a road side tree killing nine including the driver on the spot. Grievously injured another passenger succumbed to the injuries in hospital.

The bodies will be handed over to the family members after post mortem, police sources said.

Notably, five persons were burnt to death on May 23 when an OSRTC bus caught fire after being hit with a road side tree at Puintala near Balangir town.

Bhubaneswar: The State government today announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of the ten people who were killed in a road mishap near Patanagarh in  Bolangir district.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked the district collector to ensure that family members of all persons killed in accident be paid the ex-gratia within 24 hours. He also announced free treatment for the injured who are undergoing treatment at VSS medical college in Burla.

At least nine people were killed on the spot when a jeep they were travelling in rammed into a road side tree at around 4 am on Thursday while another passenger succumbed to the injuries at hospital. The injured were first rushed to the Patanagarh health center and later shifted to Burla when their condition deteriorated.

The mishap took place when they were returning to Khaprakhol after attending a marriage ceremony.