Odisha: Multi-vehicle crash kills 3, injures 13 in Koraput district

At least three people including two women were killed, while thirteen others suffered injuries in an accident involving two motorbikes, an auto-rickshaw, a tractor, and an SUV in the Borigumma area in Koraput district.

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At least three people including two women were killed, while thirteen others suffered injuries in an accident involving two motorbikes, an auto-rickshaw, a tractor, and an SUV in the Borigumma area in Koraput district, according to the police.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik offers condolences

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed condolences to the bereaved families and announced ₹3 lakh compensation to each kin of the deceased on Friday.

He also directed proper treatment for the hurt and wished them quick recovery, according to a statement from the Chief Minister's Office.

Of the 13 wounded, four are in critical condition and have been admitted to the Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital in Koraput. The remaining are undergoing treatment at the Borigumma Community Health Centre.

How did the accident take place?

Police said the accident happened between two bikes traveling in opposite directions, an auto-rickshaw and a tractor going the same way, and an SUV overtaking the auto-rickshaw via the wrong side at high speed.

One bike rider trying to dangerously overtake the tractor crashed into the recklessly driven SUV overtaking the auto-rickshaw.

Losing control, the SUV rammed the auto-rickshaw carrying 15 passengers, toppling it over. Two auto occupants died instantly upon falling onto the road.

Meanwhile, another bike from the opposite side smashed into the SUV due to the collision, instantly killing the rider.

Negligent, rash driving by the SUV driver resulted in the major pile-up causing three deaths and injuring over a dozen people. State assistance has been announced for victim families as an investigation continues into the exact accident circumstances.