CUTTACK: At least two persons died and seven others were injured in a road accident that took place near Athagarh, about 25 km from here on NH-42 on Thursday morning.

Seven members of a family from Dhenkanal were travelling to Puri for Lord Jagannath darshan in a car when their vehicle was hit head-on by a lorry coming from the opposite direction near Bali market around 7.30 a.m. The impact of the collision was so severe that the mangled car turned in the opposite direction. The car driver Kamal Lochan (28) and a seven-year-old girl—Ashadipika Sethy died on the spot while other occupants of the car were critically injured. The injured were rushed to SCB medical college hospital here for treatment while the deceased were shifted to Athagarh hospital for post mortem, police said.9