Coal-laden truck catches fire in Kendrapara, driver critical

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Kendrapara: The driver of a coal-laden truck was critically injured after the moving vehicle caught fire on Sundarpur bridge under Kendrapara Sadar last night.

According to reports, the truck, that was reportedly engaged in transporting coal from Paradip to Chandikhol, suddenly caught on fire. The driver, who got trapped in the vehicle, sustained critical burn injuries.

Spotting the flames and the thick smoke emanating from the truck, locals alerted the fire services department about the same.

On intimation, fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and doused the flames. They also rescued the injured driver with critical burn injuries and sent him to the nearby hospital for treatment.

The exact reason behind the mishap is yet to be ascertained, fire service personnel said.

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