Bhubaneswar, Dec 1 :
Three persons including a woman were killed and 20 others injured when a truck loaded with sand lost control and rammed into people and vehicles at the busy Khandagiri square on the NH-5 here this evening.
While one woman, identified as Monalisa Samal, died on the spot, two others – Biswanath Sasmal and Nizam Khan – succumbed to their injuries at the Capital hospital, Dr Manoj Mohanty of the Casualty ward said.
Monalisa was to get married on December 15, family sources said. Her brother Jyotiprakash was also severly injured in the mishap.
Five of the critically injured persons have been referred to the SCB Medical College hospital in Cuttack following deterioration in their condition.
Eyewitness reports said the truck which was coming from the Khandagiri hill side lost control, most likely due to a brake failure, and hit a number of vehicles which were crossing the traffic point from the opposite direction at that time.
While one woman was killed on the spot, the injured were rushed to the Capital hospital and nearby private hospitals.
The driver of the truck, who managed to escape public fury, is reportedly absconding.
Tension mounted at the Khandagiri square as hundreds of angry people blocked the traffic on NH 5 for more than an hour after the accident. As a result,hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the national highway.
The police had a tough time convincing the angry people who had blocked the road at the Khandagiri square to clear the highway and allow the vehicles to move.
After the police failed to clear the traffic, it had to resort to mild lathi-charge to disperse irate locals.
However, the situation improved after the twin city police commissioner Dr RP Sharma rushed to the spot and convinced the people.
Sharma assured the local people that he would take action against the traffic personnel on duty and probe into the matter as to how the heavy vehicle was allowed to enter into the city during the prohibited hours.