Rourkela: At least nine people were killed and 31 others injured in separate mishaps in Orissa’s Sundergarh district since Sunday, police said today.

Three persons were killed and 27 others injured when a mini truck carrying members of a marriage party skidded off the road near Khutugaon, 30 km from here early today, they said. The victims were returning to their village at Chirubeda after attending the wedding ceremony at Limda near here when the mishap occurred. In another incident, two youths died and four others were injured when a mini-truck in which they were travelling overturned near Chikitamati yesterday, police said. Another youth died near Bargam when a truck hit him while he was walking down the State highway yesterday. In another incident, a 12-year-old girl of Tikilpoada village died while bathing in a pond after she slipped into it yesterday, the police said. - PTI