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Sambalpur: In a tragic road mishap on NH 55 near Bhawanipalli under Jujumura police station area here on Monday, seven persons were killed and five others sustained critical injuries as a truck smacked into a pick-up van head on.
Reports say the ill-fated pick-up van (Registration Number OD 15 E 2030) was on its way from Kalpeshwar temple in Hatibari area of the district carrying around 12 persons when a speeding 10-wheeler lorry (Registration Number OD 05 AA 3827) dashed it from the front this afternoon. The impact of the collision was so severe that both the vehicles got mangled from the front killing seven persons, including three women, on the spot. Five others, including two children, sustained critical injuries in the accident.
The injured were later shifted to the Sambalpur District Headquarters Hospital by some locals with the help of private vehicles and ambulances.
The victims are yet to be identified.
While the exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained, it is suspected that the pick-up van tried to overtake a vehicle from behind and in that bid met the lorry coming from opposite direction head-on.
Police has reached the spot and seized both the vehicles involved in the accident.