Nine killed in road accident in Gujarat (Lead, correcting para two)

Vadodara, Nov 7 (IANS) Nine persons were killed and three critically injured in an accident on National Highway-8 near Karjan town in Gujarat’s Vadodara district, police said on Monday.

Eight of those killed belonged to one family of Surat district. They were returning to Surat after offering prayers at the popular Pavagadh temple when the accident occurred late on Sunday night, around 40 km from here.

A bus driver swerved his vehicle to avoid a collision but it overturned and hit a SUV in front, killing eight persons, said Karjan police station Sub-Inspector J.Y. Chauhan.

The drivers of two cars following the bus also lost control and rammed the vehicles, killing a woman and injuring three others in these two vehicles.

Highway traffic was disrupted for over an hour due to the accident.

The injured were admitted to a private hospital at Karjan in a critical condition, Chauhan said. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem.

Fourteen pilgrims returning from Pavagadh were killed in another accident on the Dholka-Bagodara road in Ahmedabad district on Friday night.