Rayagada: An auto-rickshaw driver was killed and six ASHA workers sustained injuries after the auto they were traveling in skidded off Kusum Ghat into a deep gorge near Kalyansinghpur area in Rayagada district on Tuesday.
The deceased driver has been identified as Yudhistir Nayak.
According to sources, the mishap occurred yesterday night neat Kusum Ghat when the ASHA workers were heading towards Minakhunti village after attending a meeting at Mandibisi Primary Health Centre.
The driver of the auto suddenly lost control over the vehicle following which the vehicle plunged into 20-feet down the gorge.
While Nayak died on the spot the other victims sustained grievous injuries in the mishap.
All the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital by the locals. Later, Police sent the body for post-mortem and initiated a probe into the incident, informed sources.