Rayagada: At least 12 persons were injured after the van they were travelling in rammed into a roadside tree near Dhobagudi in Rayagada district in the wee hours of Sunday.
The incident occurred at around 1.20 am when the van, carrying passengers, was en route to Bissamcuttack from Daringbadi.
Sources said, the driver lost control over the wheels and dashed into a tree. The collision was so intense that the vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a nearby canal.
When informed, fire service personnel reached the spot and rescued the injured persons. The 12 injured passengers were rushed to Muniguda Community Health Centre (CHC).
Four of the injured persons were later shifted to Rayagada District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) in critical condition. Police reached the accident spot and seized the ill-fated vehicle, said a source.