Three killed, 2 injured as truck hits pick-up van

Dhenkanal: Three persons were killed and two seriously injured when a truck rammed into a pick-up van from the rear in Dhenkanal district, police said today.

The van carrying some people atop it from Talcher had slowed down behind a truck near road-humps at Balaramprasad under Motanga police station area on NH-55 yesterday when it was hit by another speeding truck from the rear.

Under the impact of collision, the van was found to have been sandwiched between the two trucks leading to death of three of its occupants on the spot, inspector-in-charge of Motonga police station S K Senapati said.

The deceased were identified as Saroj Rout (30) and Trilochan barik (46) of Sadasivpur under Dhenkanal Sadar police station and Gobardhan Meher (32) of Bolangir. The seriously injured were being treated at the district headquarters hospital here, they said adding inquiry into the accident was continuing.