New Delhi: Eight persons died when a mini truck carrying around 20 people, a team of local kabaddi players, overturned and fell off a bridge near Suarapalli village on the Lahunipara-Baharaposi in Sundargarh district on Saturday. Nine people have sustained severe injuries.

Police said the kabaddi team from Sendhapur village in Lahunipara block had been to Dhudigaon for a tournament.

They were returning when the incident took place. Locals rushed to the spot and started rescue operations. The injured were taken to Lahunipara health centre where three of them were declared brought dead. Five died in hospital. Among the injured, six were referred to Rourkela and four to Bonei sub-divisional hospital.