Jeypore: One person was killed while two others sustained critical injuries after a paint-laden truck fell into a gorge near Mantriamba village under Boipariguda police limits in Koraput district this morning.
The deceased, identified as Atrukrushna of Jeypore, was a helper in the truck. The other injured persons have been identified as Bhikari Senapati, truck driver, hailing from Ganjam district and Akhaya Kumar Mala, a passenger, hailing from Ganjam.
According to sources, the mishap occurred at around 5.30 am, when the paint-laden truck was en route to Malkangiri from Rayagada.
The driver of the vehicle lost control over the wheels following which the truck flipped over and fell into a roadside gorge. Atrukrushna died on the spot because of asphyxiation after being covered with the paint, sources added.
On being informed, fire department personnel reached the spot and rushed the injured persons to Boipariguda Community Health Centre in a critical condition.
Police have registered a case of unnatural death and initiated a probe into the incident, sources said.