4 die, 10 hurt as mini truck overturns

BERHAMPUR: Four persons died and 10 others were seriously injured when a mini truck met with an accident at Pakari ghat road near Balandapada village in Kandhamal district on Wednesday.

The mini truck was carrying 15 persons when the accident occurred.

According to eyewitnesses, overspeeding was the cause of the accident. At sharp turn of the ghat road the driver of the truck lost control and hit a guard wall.

The passengers, who were sitting on the carrier of the mini-truck, could not escape. Two of them died on the spot. Twelve injured persons were rescued and condition of five of them was critical.

The injured were admitted to hospitals at Gochhapada and Phulbani.

Villagers’ charge

One of the injured succumbed to his injuries at Gochhapada hospital while another died at Phulbani district headquarters hospital in the afternoon. Out of the 10 injured three were in serious condition at the Phulbani hospital.

People, who gathered at the accident site, alleged that the condition of the injured persons deteriorated due to delay in arrival of ambulance.

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