A college girl was critically injured when she was hit by a speeding10-wheeler truck at Bada Bazar here on Monday. She was identified as Madhusmita Parija, a resident of Naugaon, in the district.
The mishap occurred while Madhusmita along with her two friends Subhalakshmi Dutt from Bhubaneswar and Lijarani Rout from Naugaon was standing and talking near the road after parking their scooter.
The truck hit the trio from behind. While Madhusmita was injured seriously, her friends sustained minor injuries.
The three victims were rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital. Later, Madhusmita was referred to the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack as her condition was stated to be critical with a spinal cord injury.
Locals managed to stop the truck and handed over its driver, identified as Manoj Mallick, to police.