**Rourkela:** In a tragic road accident, three school students and the auto-rickshaw driver were reportedly killed on the spot while one student succumbed to treatment at the Ispat General Hospital (IGH) here and the rest other students sustained critical injuries when a speeding dumper rammed into an auto carrying them.
The dumper driver was stated to be absconding after the incident.
K. Balang police and locals rushed to the spot for rescue operation.
All the injured school students were first admitted to nearby Roxy hospital from where they were all rushed to Lahunipada Community Health Centre (CHC). Ambulance was kept ready at the CHC from where they were shifted to IGH in the steel city here for better treatment as their conditions were stated to be serious.
The mishap took place on Friday at around 12.15 pm near Koemba at K Balang under Bonaigarh sub-division in Sundargarh district.
Sources said, the auto-rickshaw was carrying about 10 students and they were returning from St John School there.
Later in the evening, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressing his deep condolences and sympathy for the families announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia to each killed and free treatment for the injured admitted in hospital.