5 dead, 2 critical as Bolero overturns into canal

Puri: At least five persons were killed while two others sustained critical injuries after the Bolero they were travelling in slipped off the road and overturned into a canal at Bhailipur near Sukal here today.

According to sources, some passengers from Lalkamanga under Jarada police limits near Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border were going to Puri for immersing ashes when the Bolero lost control and overturned into a canal.

Out of the seven persons occupying the vehicle, 5 including two children and a woman were killed while two others are reportedly critical. The deceased have been identified as K. Krishna (50), Jagadish (40),  K.Yamabati (40), Abnan (7) and Yamabati (5). The two injured have been admitted to Chandanpur hospital. The driver of the vehicle is stated to be absconding.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to next of the kin of the victims.