Bhubaneswar (LocalWire) July 13: At least five persons were killed and three others critically injured in separate road accidents in Odisha’s Angul and Malkangiri district during the wee hours on Saturday.
Three persons travelling in a car died on the spot as the ill-fated vehicle collided head-on with a truck on the Pitiri road near Burukuna Chowk on the National Highway number 149 coming under Samala police station jurisdiction in Angul district.
Two critically injured have been shifted to a government-run hospital in Talcher and are battling for their lives.
According to the local police, there is a possibility that the driver of the vehicle might have dozed off leading to the mishap.
The deceased persons are yet to be identified, police said.
In another road accident, two motorcyclists were killed as their bike skidded off the road and fell into a roadside ditch on the National Highway number 326 in Malkangiri district.
The deceased have been identified as Banamali Sikdu and Sanjay Sikdu, police said, adding that a case of unnatural death has been registered in this connection.
It’s pertinent to note here that Odisha is fast emerging as a major road-accident-fatality corridor in the country with the number of casualties due to road accidents going up by 11% from 2016-17 to 2017-18.
Of the 1.49 lakh deaths caused by road accidents during 2017-2018 in India, 5,315 deaths were reported from Odisha, while over 5,000 people were grievously injured in road mishaps; over 4,790 people had succumbed to injuries in road accidents during the previous year.
Over-speeding and negligent driving, drunken driving, use of mobile phone while driving, unregulated vehicular traffic, violation of road safety norms and unauthorised roadside parking have all contributed to the rise in the number of road-accident deaths in the State.