Phulbani, Apr 24: At least two persons were killed and another sustained critical injuries after a bike crashed head-on with a tractor near Kotapadi under Baliguda Police Station in Kandhamal district in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.
The mishap took place late in the night while at least three youths of Bigapadar village under Sindrigaon panchayat was returning from Baliguda area on a bike after completing some assignments.
Driver of a speeding tractor which was travelling in the opposite direction failed to spot the bike the trio was riding near Kotapadi and ended up hitting the same from the front.
While two of the bike riders namely Radhekrushna Pujari and Dasarath Bishimajhi were killed on the spot following the accident another youth riding pillion turned critical.
The critically injured victim was rushed to Baliguda CHC for treatment by local police post the accident and then shifted to Phulbani District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) due to deteriorating condition.
While the driver has escaped from the spot after the crash, police have seized the tractor.