Balasore (SunstarTV Bureau): The mishap took place on Thursday morning as cattle-laden truck overturned on NH-60 near Basta bypass in here, killing three persons and around 40 cows on the spot.
Meanwhile, the two occupants sustained critical injuries in the road accident and have been admitted to the Basta Hospital for treatment.
According to sources, the vehicle carrying around 100 cattle, on the way to West Bengal from Bhadrak, collides with an SUV on the highway and overturned.
Police and fire personnel reached the spot and launched rescue operation with the help of local residents. During the rescue operation, the dead bodies were recovered from the spot and were sent for post-mortem.
However, it is yet to be confirmed whether cattle were being illegally trafficked or not.