Nine persons, including four women and two children, died and three others were injured in a road accident near Laxmanpura village of Jhinjhana in Shamli district on Tuesday morning. They were returning from Vaishno Devi in a taxi when their car collided with a truck.

Police have informed the family members of the deceased and sent the bodies for post-mortem.

The victims are from Pallavpuram locality of Meeeut.

As many as 12 people from two families of Pallavpuram had gone for the pilgrimage of Vaishno Devi in Jammu.

Confirming the death of nine of them, Sandeep Baliyan, SHO of Jhinjhana police station, said the two families were returning from Vaishno Devi in a Scorpio on Tuesday.

The accident took place in the early hours when the driver had probably dozed off. The car hit the divider on the Meerut- Karnal road and collided head-on with a truck coming from the opposite direction.

Villagers and passers-by rushed for help and also informed the police. The injured were rushed to a hospital in Jhinjhana.