Kandhamal, Jan 5: At least three persons have lost their lives and seven others sustained critical injuries after the car they were travelling on, plunged off a ghat in Raikia locality of Kandhamal district.
The deceased have been identified as Ishudas Paricha, Sabin Digal and Sakil Nayak.
According to sources, nine youths of the Raikia area were going on a picnic to Surada when their car skidded off the Karada ghat under Raikia police limits and plunged around 50 feet downhill killing two on the spot and one critically injured who was later died while undergoing treatment.
The rest injured were immediately rushed to Raikia community health centre for medical aid by police and fire brigade officials.
Further investigation into the matter is underway, said a police official.