Barnala: Nine persons were killed and five others were critically injured when a Tata Venture carrying passengers collided with a truck at Pakho Kenchia Chowk in Punjab`s Barnala district on Saturday night.
According to television reports, six persons died on the spot while three others died on way to hospital.
All those killed belonged to Kotkapura town and were going to Patiala to offer prayers at the Kali Devi temple, reports added.
The truck driver is absconding.
Further details are awaited.