Son dead, mother critical after truck runs over scooter


Baripada: A youth was killed and his mother sustained critical injury after a speeding truck hit the scooter they were travelling on at Raghunathpur Square on Baripada-Laxmiposi Road in Mayurbhanj district on Sunday.

The deceased has been identified as Subham Poddar (19) of Poad Astia village.

The accident occurred at around 10.30 am in the morning when Subham along with his mother Anita Poddar was on the vehicle to attend a function in a neighbouring village.  Near Raghunathpur Square, driver of a bricks-laden truck heading to Laxmiposhi from Baripada lost control over the wheels and ran over the Scooter.

While Subham died on the spot after his head got crushed under the wheels of the truck, Anita was rushed to a nearby hospital in a critical condition.

Irate locals detained the truck driver who was trying to escape from the spot after the accident.

Tension ran high at the spot following the accident and locals staged a road blockade demanding immediate construction of humps on the road. They alleged road mishap has become a daily affair on the road due to the inordinate delay by PWD officials in accepting their demand for humps.

The road blockade was removed after Baripada Town Police reached the spot and had a talk with the blockader. They also seized the truck and arrested the driver.

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