Three charred alive as car catches fire after mishap

Khurdha: In a ghastly accident, three persons were burnt alive when the car they were travelling in caught fire after being hit by a truck near Malipada Square here in the wee hours today.

All the three deceased persons, identified as Samir Prasad Das, Himansu Panigrahi and Dillip Rath, were residents of Bijipur area of Berhampur, police said.

The incident occurred when they were travelling to Berhampur from Bhubaneswar. The car was first hit by an unidentified vehicle and in a cascading effect, another dust-laden truck rammed it.

The car caught fire and the trio travelling in it were charred to death alive, the police added. The front side of the truck was also gutted in its impact.

Police seized both the vehicles and are investigating the sequence of events that led to the horrific accident.