Soro, Jan 28: A minor boy was killed after being run over by a stone-laden truck in Bugudi village under Mahumuhan gram panchayat in Balasore district on Thursday.
The deceased has been identified as the 4-year-old son of Bhutu Singh of the same locality.
The mishap took place in the morning while the victim child was playing on a road passing in front of his house in the village. Driver of a speeding trailer truck carrying stone illegal from a nearby quarry lost control over the wheels and ended up mowing the child down.
Soro Police rushed to the spot after tension sparked in the village over the mishap and seized the body for autopsy.
Police are trying to trace the driver of the truck involved in the accident as he is absconding.
Locals have demanded stringent action against stone mafia active in the area by holding them responsible for the incident. Accidents are occurring in regular intervals in the village due to the reckless driving of the illegal stone laden truck, they claimed.