Five killed, 22 injured in road tragedy

30 December 2015 02:57 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Five people travelling in a van were killed and 22 others injured in a head-on collision between the van and a private bus at the Dummaladeniya Junction on the Warakapola-Colombo road early this morning.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said among those killed were the van driver and a two-year-old girl. The van with the load of passengers was travelling from Samanthurai to the Passport Office in Colombo to apply for travel documents for a pilgrimage Mecca.

ASP Gunasekera said the tragedy had occurred when the van had attempted to recklessly overtake another vehicle.

The private bus was carrying passengers from Colombo to Kalmunai on a pilgrimage

The ASP said the injured were admitted to the Kegalle and Wathupitiwala hospitals. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

Video by Rohan Kumara

Pic by Rohan Kumara

  Comments - 3

  • Gamini Wednesday, 30 December 2015 08:46 AM

    The year 2015 has ended and yet another year will dawn in a few more days. It seems that there is a matter of much importance to which people of the country have not paid attention. The news people have not focused much attention to is that the number of fatal accidents that took place during the year 2015 alone is 2360 and the death toll as result of those accidents is 2538. 760 persons have died from motorbike accidents and 728 of the persons died were pedestrians.According to the reports of the National Council for Road Safety, the rising road accidents claim at least 6 – 7 persons a day and the number of the injured is increasing day by day. We are of the opinion that the main cause for these serious matters is the undisciplined role played by both road hogs and pedestrians. Here it should be emphasized the fact that this may occur abundantly in any part of the country. We believe that as long as the road rules are not followed or as long as people are undisciplined, it is diffic

    naim Wednesday, 30 December 2015 01:10 PM

    Driver tried to overtake recklessly. What Yahapalanaya can do for this?

    YAMA PALA Wednesday, 30 December 2015 10:03 AM

    Yahapalana police collecting money from moterist, tax payers die on roads due to yama rule

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