20 killed, 25 injured as tractor plunges into Odisha gorge

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 04:10 hrs

At least 20 persons have been killed and 25 injured, 12 of them seriously, after a tractor carrying a marriage party fell into a gorge in Odisha's Rayagada District on Friday.

The incident took place in a remote area between Uppar Anchal Bari and Hataguma when the tractor, carrying about 60 persons from Hiranpadu village, plunged into gorge after one of its front wheels broke on a hill top.

The victims, including women and children, were returning to their homes in Hiranpadu village after attending a wedding at Seriguma village, Rayagada Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandit was quoted by media, as saying.

"So far, we have information regarding death of 20 persons, but, the bodies are yet to be identified," said Tapan Mohanty, inspector in-charge of the Rayagada Police Station.

All the injured persons have been admitted to Rayagada District headquarters hospital.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced that the medical expenses of the injured would be given from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund and the State Treatment Fund.

Three of the injured have been shifted to a hospital in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, as they are in serious condition, said Rayagada District Collector Sashi Bhusan. (ANI)

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