Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: Four persons died on the spot and nine were injured, seven of them grievously, when the multi-utility vehicle they were travelling in collided with a firewood-laden lorry at Shivani Cross on BH Road near Bhadravati on Thursday evening.

Four members of the Shiggaon Taluk Panchayat of the AIPJD and their relatives were on their way to Dharmasthala when the tragedy occurred. Those who died in the accident include Suresh Gundappa (25), Sharavathy (40), the van driver Siddharamappa (46) and Anil (4). Shashikala, Akkavva Kale, Veerabhadrappa and Lakshamma Kale, taluk panchayat members, and Mohan, Yallappa Kabbannavar and Shivashankar were injured in the accident. They were admitted to McGann Hospital and later shifted to a private hospital here.