Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Dhenkanal/Cuttack Sep 29:
A school-going girl child and an auto rickshaw driver were killed in a tragic road mishap at Satamile near Hindol in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district today.
The mishap occurred when an auto rickshaw carrying school children had a head-on collision with a mini bus coming from the opposite direction at around 10.30 AM at Satamile near Hindol. The school girl and the auto rickshaw driver died on the spot.
Nine other school children have been shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack who sustained injuries in the mishap. Condition of three minors is stated to be critical.
“An auto rickshaw carrying 10 school children from the nearby Khajuriakata Saraswati Sishu Mandir School was hit by a mini bus coming from the opposite direction at around 10.30 AM. The driver of the auto rickshaw identified as Kalia Behera and class II girl student identified as Swarnaprava Behera died on the spot. Three out of the nine injured children have been seriously injured and have been shifted to SCB Medical College & Hospital at Cuttack. We demand compensation from the government for the family members of the deceased and free treatment of the injured,” said a local resident Laxmidhar Behera.
“The vehicle was carrying ten children. The auto rickshaw was carrying school children. They were all students of Saraswati Sishu Mandir. It was going to drop children at their homes after school ended. A mini bus coming from the opposite direction collided with the auto rickshaw resulting in the accident. It was caused due to the reckless driving of the mini bus driver. The driver and helper of the mini bus are absconding. The auto rickshaw driver and a seven-year-old child have been killed on the spot. The nine injured children have been shifted to Cuttack for treatment,” said Dasarathi Nath, IIC Hindol police station.
The injured children have been admitted to the casualty department. Most of them have received injuries on their heads.