Three persons travelling in a van were killed when a container lorry dashed against their vehicle on the Chennai-Bangalore National Highway in Arcot on Wednesday. The van was carrying liquor bottles from a TASMAC godown here to Arakkonam.

The container lorry was taking a U-turn from the Arcot side to proceed towards Ranipet when it dashed against the van at the SSS College junction.

Nathan (28) of Shenbakkam, Vellore, and Senthil Kumar (22) of Makkan, Vellore, were killed on the spot. Arivazhagan (24) of Rettannai in Tindivanam taluk, driver of the van, died at a hospital. Chandasekaran (38) of Tiruvalam, lorry driver, was arrested.