Balasore: Five pilgrims were killed and at least 32 sustained severe injuries in a bus accident on Thursday.

The incident occurred when the tourist bus, carrying about 60 pilgrims from Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh, was on its way to Kolkata from Puri collided with a truck in the wee hours near Soro, 35 km from here, police sources said.

Five passengers of the bus including four women and the truck driver died on the spot while the injured were taken to a hospital at Soro.

The deceased have been identified as Malati Devi Mishra (60), Kalabati Mishra (70), Malati Prajapati (65), Suraj Kumari Prajapati (45), bus driver Liyaqat Alli (52) and truck driver Goutam Mandal (44).