30 January 2020
Dhenkanal: A speeding truck ran over a tusker and injured another on National Highway 55 near Jeevankhol Ashram under Sadar forest range of Dhenkanal district, today morning.
The section of the road where the accident occurred is a marked ‘Elephant Crossing Zone’ by the forest Department and vehicles have been advised to move with caution.
The driver of the truck, however, was over speeding and ran over one elephant and grievously injured another, said the sources. The injured pachyderm is said to have run off into the forest cover while its broken tusk lay near the accident site.
The driver absconded after committing the accident.
Forest officials arrived on the spot upon intimation and are conducting an enquiry.