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1 dead, 7 injured in car-auto rickshaw head-on collision

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Dhenkanal: One person was killed and at least seven others sustained injury after an auto-rickshaw carrying passengers from Dhenkanal to Khuntuni was struck head-on by a speeding car at College Square under Dhenkanal Town Police Station area last night.

The deceased has been identified as Pratik Patnaik of Meena Bazar in Dhenkanal district. The injured are Rahul Verma, Anirudh Mohanty, Subham Mohapatra, Jyoti Prakash Choudhury, Kabita Choudhury, Biswaranjan Choudhury, and Baikuntha.

The accident took place late in the night while the driver of the Maruti Suzuki SX4 car (Registration No. OR 06 J 1111) lost control over the wheels and struck the auto-rickshaw returning to Khuntuni from Dhenkanal. The car skidded off the road and struck a roadside tree.

While eight persons boarding both the vehicles sustained injury in the accident, they were rushed to Dhenkanal DHH with the help of a fire brigade team which had arrived at the spot later. All the injured were sent to the hospital in a 108 ambulance where Pratik died under treatment.

Police have reached the spot and seized both the vehicles. They have also sent the body of the deceased for postmortem and lodged a case in the incident.