At least 10 persons were killed and nine injured when a Tavera vehicle hit a roadside tree in Bolangir district early on Thursday. The accident occurred when a group of people were returning to Khaprakhol after attending a marriage ceremony.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed concern over the accident and ordered payment of Rs. 1 lakh each to the families of those killed in the accident. Mr. Patnaik also announced that the medical expenses for treatment of the injured persons would be borne by the State government.