Sambalpur/Khordha: At least seven persons lost their lives in two separate road accidents in Sambalpur and Khordha districts of Odisha today.
As car dashed into a roadside tree near Khunti village under Dhama police limits in Sambalpur district early this morning killing four persons on the spot and critically injuring two others.
According to police sources, the mishap took place when Works department’s junior engineer of Kashipur in Rayagada, Gopinath Kishan was travelling in the car along with his family members to his native Ghansara village under Gadaposh police limits for Nuakhai festival.
The driver of the ill-fated vehicle lost control over wheels on Sonepur-Sambalpur NH near Khunti following which it collided against a roadside tree.
While driver Sanjay Matangi, Gopinath’s wife Tapaswini, his aunt Binapani and his 1.5-year-old daughter Gyanada died on the spot, Gopinath and one Madan Nayak were rescued in a critical condition and admitted to Sambalpur district headquarters hospital.
In another tragic incident, three persons died and two others were grievously injured after a dumper ran over a tractor near Gada Khordha under Khordha police limits today.
On being informed, police and fire personnel reached the spot, recovered the bodies and rescued the victims.
The dumper driver has been detained by police.