Cuttack: At least five pilgrims were killed and 46 others injured when a bus in which they were travelling met with an accident at Baichuan on NH-5 in Tangi area, about 20 kms from here early morning on Thursday.

The deceased have been identified as Akhaya Kumar Samal(56), Karunakar Das(59), Buddhiram Mallick(40), Snehalata Patra(30) and the driver Shaktidhar Mishra(37).

The incident occured when the residents of Kuli village under Khantapada police station were on a trip to Taratarini rammed into a roadside truck near Bhainchua ricemill.

Tangi police intervened to the spot rescuing the bodies of dead and the injured. All the injured persons were shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital SCB MCH here, where condition of ten persons is stated to be critical.