Soro: A 70-year-old man died and two others were critically injured after the tourist bus they were travelling was hit by a truck on NH 5 near Maitapur Mahantipokhari under Semulia police limits in Balaosre district late on Friday night.
The deceased was identified as LN Naidu.
According to reports, the truck rammed into the tourist bus carrying 27 pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh that was halting near Maitapur Chhak following a breakdown in the wee hours today. The tourist bus was scheduled to leave for Vizianagarm via Puri. The passengers were part of a religious excursion trip from Kashi and Howrah.
Following the mishap, the injured two persons have been shifted to hospital for preliminary treatment.
The truck driver and helper fled away soon after the incident leaving the vehicle on the spot. Meanwhile, police have started investigation into the incident.