Gajapati: At least nine persons were killed, five on the spot and another four persons breathed their last while undergoing treatment and seven others sustained injury after a brick-laden dumper carrying them skidded off Luhajhar Ghati road under Kashinagar block in the district and turned turtle.
The deceased include four women who have been identified as Ishwani Gamang, Sita Gamang, Silata Gamang and Darshani Gamang of Anukumbha village. Another deceased identified as Mena hailed from Tuburuda village under Kashinagar block
The incident took place at around 9 AM today morning while the dumper was on its way to Paralakhemundi carrying a consignment of bricks bricks from Anukumbha village. The driver of the dumper carrying 16 labourers on board lost control over the wheels leading the vehicle to skid off the road and overturned. While five labourers boarding the vehicle died on the spot following the accident 11 others sustained injuries.
All the injured were rescued from the mangled dumper by police and fire brigade teams which reached the spot on receiving the information. The injured were rushed to the Paralakhemundi District Headquarters Hospital where at least four other labourers succumbed to their injuries while under treatment.
Meanwhile, the District Collector, Tehsildar and Paralakhemundi MLA K Surya Rao have reached the hospital to take stock of the situation.