Four persons belonging to Madurai were killed when a lorry hit their car on Palani-Dindigul Main Road at Virupatchi near here on Saturday midnight.

The deceased were C. Gopal (25) of Alangulam, Madurai, M. Soundarapandian (35) of Sellur in Madurai, van driver Sathish Kumar and M. Noor Basha of Karuppayurani, Madurai.

Goat broker Mahendran of Peria Kalaiyamputhur near Palani was rushed to the Madurai Government Rajaji Hospital for treatment.

The police said that they were coming to the weekly domestic animal shandy at Narikkalpatti village near Virupatchi from Madurai. When their van approached a bridge near Virupatchi, a lorry going to Sivakasi from Udumalpet hit the van.

Soundarapandian and Gopal were killed on the spot and two others Noor Basha and Sathish Kumar succumbed to their injuries at the government hospital in Oddanchatram. The bodies were removed to Oddanchatram GH for post mortem.