Khajuripada, Apr 16: In a tragic incident, a couple died after being crushed after wood ceiling of house collapsed in Taraganda village in Nuagadh block in Gajapati district.
The deceased have been identified as Sripai Sabar (52) and Malati Sabar (47) of Taraganda village.
Sources said that the duo was crushed after the ceiling collapsed while they were sleeping.
The police reached the spot and rescued the bodies and started investigation into the incident, said Khajuripada Police Outpost In-charge Rabindra Patra.
A variety of food items, including rice, mandia and other items were kept on the wooden ceiling of the bedroom. However, due to heavy load the ceiling collapsed and both husband and wife were crushed.
Police sent the bodies to the District Headquarters Hospital for autopsy.