Youth dies, schoolgirl sustains injuries as iron ore-laden trailer overturns in Odisha’s Keonjhar district

Joda: A 25-year-old youth died and a schoolgirl sustained grievous injuries when a speeding iron ore-laden trailer overturned near Ranasala ghat overbridge under Joda police limits in Keonjhar district of Odisha today.

The deceased has been identified as Abhishek Gupta of Rourkela in Sundargarh district. Gupta was working in a transport company by staying in Joda area, sources said.

The injured girl, Shruti Krishna of St. Mary School at Barbil, is now undergoing treatment at Tata Steel Hospital here, sources added.

According to locals, the iron ore-laden heavy vehicle (bearing no. NL-01AD-2771) overturned when the driver lost control over the wheels near the overbridge.

Abhishek and the schoolgirl, who were standing nearby, got buried under the iron ore. A few bikes parked alongside the road also got damaged in the incident, locals said.

On being informed, a police team led by Joda IIC Jaynarayan Khandai reached the spot and rescued the duo after removing the iron ore with an earthmover. The injured duo was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition.

“The injured youth was declared dead-on-arrival by the doctors. The schoolgirl’s condition is stable now. We have seized the trailer but the driver has managed to flee the spot,” said a police officer.

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