Bahraich (UP), Feb 2 (PTI) Five persons were killed and three others injured in a road accident near Rithaura turning on the Lucknow-Bahraich highway here, police said.

The accident took place yesterday when an ill-fated car hit two people sitting on the road side and hit a tree while trying to save a cyclist, they said.

Rajesh (35) and Munish (25) died on the spot when the driver of the car on its way to Lucknow lost balance over the vehicle and it hit them before dashing into the tree, the police said.

Zeeshan (26) and Salim Ansari (22), who were traveling in the car died on the spot beside the cyclist, Saheb Dayal (30).

Three others were injured in the accident of whom two have been referred to Lucknow, the police added.

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