Eight school children and their van driver were injured in a head on collision of a van transporting school children to Colombo and a private bus, on Galle Road near the Odeon Cinema and the Mt. Lavinia cemetery this morning.
The van was transporting schoolchildren from Panadura to Ananda College, Nalanda College, Visaka Vidyalaya and St. Lawrence College in Colombo. The van had collided with the Moratuwa bound bus on the 155 route. The children were between 10 to 13 years of age and one of them was a girl.
The residents of the area and the Mt. Lavinia police that rushed to the scene evacuated the injured from the wreckage and rushed them to the Colombo South Hospital.
Hospital Director Dr. Anil Jasinghe said five of the children were discharged after OPD treatment while three others are in a critical condition and are currently undergoing treatment. He said the driver had sustained injuries to his head.
The eye witnesses said the van travelling at an excessive speed, collided with the bus and hit a wayside lamp post.
A senior official of the Mt. Lavinia Traffic Division said they had been in an unserviceable condition and were not fit to transport the schoolchildren.
The Traffic Division of the Mt. Lavinia police are conducting further inquiries into the incident. (Kusal Chamath)
Comments - 22
Fazi Ismail Wednesday, 18 January 2012 04:04 PM
Why do the vans rush to get to schools? Not condoning what happened, but children are punished if they are even 2 minutes late than 7.30. The principals/rectors/headmasters/wardens do not know of the traffic jams that occur in the morning. They lead cushy lives in the premises of the schools and do not know the difficulty people have to go through to get to schools in the rush. Most young children are dead scared of getting late to school as most schools punish the children by way of detention or keeping them in the sun till the first period and parents /van drivers are compelled to drive faster just to ensure that children get to school on time. With more traffic on the roads the school authorities should give some leverage for the students who get delayed by traffic. It is the act of the school administration who are in denial of the world outside that leads to happenings such as this...
Nav Wednesday, 18 January 2012 08:08 AM
Fit speed limiters to buses like europe, so these bus drivers cant drive fast.get well soon kids..................
silva Wednesday, 18 January 2012 08:33 AM
These should never be called " accidents " . Monsters who have no regard for human life cause these collisions , and innocent people are the victims. The government does not care as they all drive with escorts and protection . In a few days , all will be forgotten, the grieving parents who have struggled to bring up their children , the only losers. The murder on the streets will go on - regardless. What a country !!
Prad Wednesday, 18 January 2012 09:13 AM
Guys wake up...this is Lanka n dont expect any changes...for sure every one know how the bus drivers n the three wheeler drivers go...they r the new chandiya s of our country n all the big shots r busy with china, a/l results n on increasing tax..what a country to live...
Guru Wednesday, 18 January 2012 09:20 AM
So what's the big deal.
Sendu Mai Wednesday, 18 January 2012 09:22 AM
If the traffic police stop taking bribes and start on taking action against reckless drivers Sri Lanka would have been a better place...
buffaloa citizen Wednesday, 18 January 2012 09:44 AM
A very good suggestion but the fools in this country will never understand.
Gaja Banda Wednesday, 18 January 2012 11:13 AM
Because they are too busy trying to dodge these kind of drivers!
Chanaka Wednesday, 18 January 2012 03:17 AM
Jackass, should learn how to drive, specially when there are kids. The Driver should be shot
Dil Wednesday, 18 January 2012 11:57 AM
Well the drivers take the upper hand at any time as the police encourage them to take the 3rd lane during traffic hours. But when there is no police personal is not in duty even the drivers take the 3rd lane. If this was the case for the accident police also should be responsible. If they are not, make sure that the enforce strict road regulations who crosses the center line. hope the kids will recover soon.
manike Wednesday, 18 January 2012 11:54 AM
Most of the private buses/coaches that ply on the roads are owned by politicians and police personnel so the drivers do not care about traffic rules knowing they can go scot free after doing any wrong. If a normal person forgets to wear the seat belt after stopping to buy something from a shop that person is sure to get caught.
Ahsan Ahsan Wednesday, 18 January 2012 05:24 AM
It is a known facts that largely bus drivers recklessly drive the buses; you can witness this any time on the roads. Passengers inside the buses, and the travelers outside often bear many inconveniences, especially the weak ones -- elders, pregnant women, children. There must be on the spot arrests for the drivers who drive buses like sport cars; and such arrest must include backup drivers to finish the journeys for the passengers, and charge the bus owners additional fees for providing backup drivers. Hope, this could be a basic model that may work everyday, and without costing extra to the state.
Jamis Banda Wednesday, 18 January 2012 05:36 AM
When will our drivers learn decipline ? (Well the whole country as a matter of fact)
Dr. S.Coperahewa Wednesday, 18 January 2012 05:31 AM
I saw this accident today. Immediate efforts must take to protect our children from these road accidents. Extra regulations needed for school vans and public must report any drivers who are violating the traffic rules. Get well soon little ones.
Kuriosity Wednesday, 18 January 2012 05:36 AM
school van drivers and bus drivers both drive like maniacs so who is to blame?
citizen1 Wednesday, 18 January 2012 05:55 AM
Drivers like these should be put behind bars to deter others. Every time a bus is involved there is a tragedy that follows.
Concerned Wednesday, 18 January 2012 06:08 AM
Put drivers like this (I heard that the bus driver is the culprit) behind bars for a long time - Eg : 10 years or cancel his license forever.
Jude Perera Wednesday, 18 January 2012 06:18 AM
Why don't our traffic police see these bus drivers driving like maniacs ???? There are so many of the traffic police on the roads.. especially in the morning and in this instance in Mount Lavinia.....and they don't notice.....WHY...OH WHY....
brilliant Wednesday, 18 January 2012 06:22 AM
Stone the idiot if you have to teach the others a lesson
brilliant Wednesday, 18 January 2012 06:33 AM
The bus driver for sure..yeah..I say parade him down galle road like a criminal so other drivers notice
Nodrog Wednesday, 18 January 2012 06:35 AM
don't only blame the bus driver. I have seen many school vans being driven by maniacs.
muhsin Wednesday, 18 January 2012 03:41 PM
are we going to learn from this sure not, will this open the eyes of our law makers , certainly not, we parents have to take care and with who are the people we choose to transport our children on our undisaplined dangerous roads and pray almighty that they be return home safely .
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