Bhawanipatna: Six persons including five members of a family including two children were killed while another was left seriously injured after a truck rammed into their car while they were travelling on NH-26 near Jaring forest in Bhawanipatna of Kalahandi district.
The incident occurred late Tuesday night. The deceased have been identified as Ashutosh Behera, his brother Jagannath Behera, son Vicky Behera, housekeep, and his two granddaughters.
According to sources, the family had been to Vishakhapatnam for some work. On their way back home, they alighted from a train at Kesinga. Later, they were on their way home in a car when the incident occurred.
The family was en route to Khuraselguda village from Kesinga when a truck coming from the opposite side rammed into the car. While two persons present in the car died on the spot, four others succumbed at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Ashutosh’s daughter-in-law is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Bhawanipatna. Doctors have stated her health condition to be critical.
On being informed police reached the spot and recovered the body for post mortem. While the exact reason behind the mishap is not yet known, locals suspect that the accident could have occurred because of Ashutosh drowsing while driving.
Similarly, a man was killed in a road mishap after the car he was travelling in plunged into a 20-feet deep canal in Adaba village in Gajapati district late last night. The deceased was identified as Rabi, a resident of Berhampur.
According to sources, the mishap occurred late Tuesday night while the car was en route to Brahmanigaon from Adaba when Rabi lost control over the wheels of the vehicle. The four-wheeler skidded off the road and fell 20-feet deep into the canal.
Rabi, who was trapped and crushed in the car, died on the spot.
On being informed, police reached the spot and recovered the body. The body has been sent for post mortem, sources said.