Sambalpur, Jan 21: Four hawkers asleep under their makeshift shop on roadside were crushed to death when a speeding truck lost control and rammed into the footpath in Paramanupur area of the district.
Five others were critically injured in the incident that took place on Tuesday morning on Paramanupur Dhanu Jatra road.
The truck driver escaped after the mishap.
The hawkers had put up their makeshift shop for the ongoing Dhanu Jatra celebrations.
Police have launched an investigation sending the bodies for post-mortem.