2 killed, 5 injured as bus collides with truck in Dhenkanal

Dhenkanal:  At least two persons were killed and five critically injured when a bus collided with a truck on NH-55 at Gudiakateni in Dhenkanal district during wee hours on Monday.

The identities of the two deceased are yet to be ascertained as the police have began probe into the mishap.

The five critically injured persons were rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital while some others who had sustained minor injuries were discharged after first aid.

Sources said there were 40 odd passengers traveling in the bus and most of them belonged to Jagatsinghpur and Bolangir.

As per information, the bus ‘Sai Sushree’ bearing registration number OD-03F-6676 going towards Bhubaneswar from Bolangir collided with a stationary truck from the behind at around 4 am early in the morning at Gudiakateni.

Some passengers alleged that the driver was constantly talking over the phone while driving the bus due to which he might have diverted his attention leading to the accident. The driver fled the area following the mishap, they added.