Baripada, Mar 18: In a tragic road mishap, at least one person was killed after a paddy laden truck was hit head-on by a wheat-laden trailer near Paniposhi chhak on National Highway-49 under Jharpokharia Police Station here in the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.
The mishap took place at around 12 am in the night while a truck bearing registration number- WB 33 C 0428 was en-route to West Bengal with a paddy consignment. Driver of a speeding wheat-laden trailer (Registration Number-RJ 02 GB 8355) which was coming from the opposite direction lost control over the wheels and ended up hitting the truck from the front.
While the driver of the paddy-laden truck died on the spot following the crash, the driver of the trailer and helper of both the vehicles went absconding from the spot.
Jharpokharia Police Station IIC Sudarshan Gangei rushed to the spot with a police team later in the night and sent the body for autopsy.
While, both the vehicles involved in the accident have been seized, from the circumstantial evidence police suspects drunken driving to be the cause of the crash.