Staff Correspondent

TUMKUR: Three persons from Bangalore were killed and six others were injured in a road accident near here on Tuesday night.

According to the police, nine persons from Mathikere in Bangalore were returning home after visiting the Haleyuru Huliyooramma temple by a sports utility vehicle when A tanker-mounted truck hit their vehicle at Madappanahalli Gate on Koratagere-Kollegal Road. The petrol from the tanker spilled and the vehicles caught fire.

The police said two persons died on the spot and another died of burns on the way to hospital.

The others, who have been injured, have been shifted to the M.S. Ramaiah Hospital in Bangalore after first aid at the general hospital here, the police said.

Police are yet to establish the identity of the persons killed as all those traveling in the vehicle, including the driver, were either killed or injured.