Jagatsinghpur: At least seven persons were killed and three others injured in a head-on collision between an auto rickshaw and a Hyva on Jagatsinghpur-Machhagaon road near Chandol Square in Jagatsinghpur district today.
According to sources, the mishap occurred when 10 persons from Machagaon were returning after attending the rituals of Deba Snana Purnima at Nemala Matha in Cuttack in the early hours on Saturday.
The speeding Hyva truck that was coming from the opposite direction hit the autorickshaw killing seven of the passengers, including a 12-year-old girl. The deceased have been identified as Sura Das, Khola Jena, Dhaneswar Sahu, Chandramani Sahu, Sarat Pal, Sudhir Behera and Jagseni Behera.
The three injured persons, who were injured in the accident, were immediately rushed to District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) in Jagatsinghpur. Later, they were shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack after their condition deteriorated.
Meanwhile, the Hyva driver is absconding and police have initiated a probe. Adequate police force has been deployed at the spot to maintain law and order.