Kandhamal: One person died while 14 others were critically injured after the auto-rickshaw they were travelling in was hit by a speeding SUV near Siangbali area under Daringibadi police limits in Kandhamal district this afternoon.
The deceased person has been identified as Manguli Nayak of Kerubadi village in the district.
According to sources, all the passengers were returning from a weekly haat in Daringibadi when a Mahindra Bolero car, coming from the opposite direction, hit their vehicle.
While Nayak died on the spot, other injured persons, including the driver, were admitted to Daringibadi government hospital. Later, five of them were shifted to Berhampur DHH as their health condition deteriorated.
On being informed, police reached the spot, seized both the mangled vehicles from the accident spot and started a probe.
Police have also sent the body of the deceased person to a nearby hospital for post-mortem and detained the SUV driver for interrogation, sources said.