Kendrapara: At least two persons were killed and three others sustained grievous injuries after a Dola Biman which they were carrying in a procession was hit by a speeding pick-up van late yesterday night near Duhuria Chhak of Kendrapara town.
The deceased persons were identified as Dibyajyoti Das from Banahara-Balia village and Somanath Sahu aka Dhuna from Badagaon village in the district.
According to a policeman, a few persons were carrying the wooden swing and the procession was on its way from Balia Dola Melana to Duhuria Melana when it met with an accident. Driver of the fish-laden van (bearing registration number OD-05 AR-9309) lost control of the vehicle and hit the Biman.
The van was moving to Pattamundai and the mishap took place at around 1.00 pm. Two persons died on the spot and the injured were rescued by some locals and rushed to a nearby hospital.
The driver of the van fled from the spot soon after the incident, the policeman expressed.