8 killed, 15 injured in separate road mishaps in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: As many as eight persons were killed while 15 others sustained injuries in separate road mishaps across the state on Tuesday.

In Jajpur, at least one person died and 13 others sustained injuries after a tourist bus travelling from Damdam in West Bengal to Puri collided with a truck on National Highway-16 near Jarka on Brahmani bridge.

As per reports, the bus helper identified as Deva Das, a native of Hooghly in West Bengal died on the spot. All the injured were immediately rushed to Dharmasala hospital, where they are undergoing treatment.

In Rayagada, one person was killed and another sustained critical injuries after a truck crushed a bike at Muniguda Bazaar in Rayagada district.

The deceased has been identified as Thabir Palkia. The injured Narendra Hial was admitted to Muniguda hospital for preliminary treatment. Later Hial was shifted to Bishamcuttack hospital after his condition worsened.

Meanwhile palpable tension prevailed in the area after locals staged a road blockade demanding compensation for the kin of the deceased.

In Dhenkanal district, two tankers collided head-on near Baladiabandh on National Highway 55 killing both the drivers on the spot. One helper was injured in the mishap and was rushed to the District headquarters hospital in a critical condition.

In another incident, two persons were killed after a container truck was hit by a speeding trawler near Bainchua village on National Highway-16 in Tangi area of Cuttack district. The duo was sitting inside the truck when the mishap occurred. Though the identity of the deceased is yet to be ascertained, sources said they were driver and helper of the truck.

In Angul, two bikers were killed in a road mishap on National Highway- 55 near Bamur under Kishorenagar police limits. The deceased have been identified as Manas Ranjan Pradhan, a native of Ugi village of Jarapada and Chandrakant Raula, a native of Tumuni village in Badakera. The duo was on their way to Angul from Jharsuguda when the mishap occurred. Police have seized the body and started an investigation into the incident.