The victims, who were devotees from Daulatpura village in Moga district, were returning from a shrine in Nanaksar near Jagraon town.
 
The accident took place on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway around 2 a.m.
 
Police said 14 people were killed on the spot while three others died in a hospital in Moga.
 
"All the occupants travelling in the jeep were killed in the accident," a police official at the site said.
 
Police said the speeding truck, which was trying to overtake another vehicle, collided head-on with the jeep.
 
The truck driver fled the spot, leaving his vehicle behind.