Aul: As many as 14 school children and a teacher had a narrow escape after the van in which they were travelling overturned to the roadside canal near Laxminarayan area in Rajnagar in Kendrapara district today.
The school children and the teacher of St Xavier in the district had a narrow escape with minor injuries.
According to sources, the incident occurred in the morning at around 11 am when the van carrying school children was on its way to board them to the school. The driver of the ill-fated vehicle lost control over wheels and overturned to a roadside canal. Some passerby immediately rushed and rescued the children from the van.
Meanwhile, the locals detained the driver for reckless driving. On being informed, the school authorities reached the spot and pacified the locals. Later, the driver was released.