Nine persons were killed and four others were injured on Tuesday when their autorickshaw was hit by a speeding bus in Bihar’s Vaishali district, police said.

The accident took place on a national highway (NH-77) near Sarai Bazar, some 30 km from here.

“The overcrowded autorickshaw was hit by a speeding bus after the driver lost control,” a district police official said.

Angry over the accident, villagers blocked the highway and demanded compensation for the victims families.

The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the victims.