Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Seven persons died and nine were injured when a goods truck and a goods autorickshaw collided at Ganaganahalli, about 2 km from Chinakurali village, on Mysore-K.R. Pet Road in Mandya district on Saturday, the police said.

While three persons died on the spot, four died in hospitals in Mysore and Chinakurali, the police said.

The police gave the names of the dead as Singarayya (68), Ramaiah (52), Devaraju (40), Srinivas (40), Chandrachari (55), Sannamma (25) and Jaga (15).

The injured, including the drivers of the goods autorickshaw and the truck, were admitted to the K.R. Hospital in Mysore, the police said.

Returning home

Srirangapatna Deputy Superintendent of Police Lawrence told The Hindu that 16 persons from Nelamane village in Srirangapatna taluk were returning home after visiting Ballenahalli near K.R. Pet when the accident occurred. The impact was such that the autorickshaw was thrown a few metres away from the spot after collision.

Owing to a technical snag in the steering system of the truck, the driver lost control over the vehicle which collided with the goods autorickshaw, Mr. Lawrence said.