Nine killed in road accident

Staff Reporter

They were going to Birmaharajpur to get their eyes operated

Ten people shifted to VSS medical college hospital

Villagers demand compensation

BHUBANESWAR: They were on their way to re-live their life with clearer vision. But a momentary lapse in concentration made nine villagers in Bolangir district close their eyes forever.

In a tragic accident, nine villagers including four women, who were going to Birmaharajpur to get their eyes operated , lost their lives when a mini-truck they were travelling in collided head on with a gas-laden truck at Bairasar on the outskirts of Bolangir district headquarter town on Monday morning.

Ten injured

Ten people were injured, three of them critically, were shifted to VSS Medical College Hospital, Burla when their condition deteriorated.

About 19 villagers, most of them were having feeble eyesight, were to attend eye camp at Mahanadi Eye Hospital in Birmaharajpur of Sonepur district.

After the accident five died on the spot while four succumbed to injuries in Bolangir hospital.

Victims were identified as Sita Sahoo, Rohitaswa Sahoo, Shankar Barik, Bisikesan Barik, Surekha Patel, Bedi Nag, Mohana Bhoi, Phunda Pasayat and Kanta Suna.

Two Rohitaswa and Shankar were accompanying elderly persons to the camp.

Situation in Gaintala village was heartrending. Five villagers from the village died in the accident.

Everybody was clueless as to how to console bereaved family members.

“These elderly villagers were going for cataract operation. They had hardly travelled for 15 to 20 minutes when the accident occurred. One can well imagine the impact of collision that the ill-fated mini-truck was reduced into a bundle of iron plate,” said Bolangir Chief District Medical Officer P. C. Sahoo.

Following the accident, the national highway 201 remained closed for few hours as agitating villagers demanded proper compensation and humps on the road to reduce scope of accidents.

Recently, a college student’s accident in Bolangir headquarter town had triggered major violence in the western Orissa town as infuriated people attacked police establishments.

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