Five persons, including a woman, were charred to death and several injured when an Odisha State Road Transport Corporation bus hit a tree and caught fire at Puintala near Bolangir in the early hours of Thursday.

The identity of three persons has been ascertained. They are Sachin Patra (42), Atul Jain (16) and Shakuntala Agarwal (70). “The incident took place around 3 a.m. The police responded swiftly to the distress call and 47 persons were admitted in district hospitals,” said Bolangir Superintendent of Police R. Prakash. The bus going from Bhubaneswar to Sinapali in Nuapada district.