CUTTACK: At least two persons died and six others were injured, four of them seriously, when a passenger bus hit a roadside tree and turned turtle at Sardol Square on NH-47 under Tangi police station, about 30 kms from here on Friday.

While the deceased have been identified as one Narayan Lenka (39) of local Sardol village and Tilottama Lenka (21) of Kamakhyanagar in Dhenkanal district, the injured have been shifted to SCB medical college and hospital here. Doctors said among the four admitted in the hospital, the condition of one Niranjan Sahu (35) is critical and the remaining injured are out of danger.

According to reports reaching here, the passenger bus travelling to Kamakshyanagar from Bhubaneswar hit the tree when the bus driver took a sharp turn to avoid a collision with a man who suddenly came on the path of the bus. “The bus however, could not save the man but instead hit the tree and turned upside down. Tilottama who was travelling in the bus was badly hit and died on the spot”, said the Tangi police incharge officer Raj Kishore Swain.