The incident occurred near an embankment on Sikharna river as the speeding tractor driver lost control and the vehicle overturned trapping three persons under it while they were on their way to the river to pay obeisance to the rising Sun on the occasion of Chhath, Sugauli Police Station in-charge Vijay Kumar Yadav said.

While the two devotees, identified as Poonam Devi (35) and Priyanka Kumari (18) died on the spot, a teenaged boy sustained injuries, he said.

The bodies have been sent for post-mortem and the injured admitted to Sadar hospital for treatment, Yadav said, adding the tractor driver escaped after abandoning his vehicle.

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