Eighteen passengers, including six children, had been hospitalised in an accident when the lorry they were travelling in, skidded off the road in Thispanepura, Kala Oya.
The people were returning home from a musical show held in Thambuththegama when the accident took place.
The driver had fled the scene, while one was not injured.
Eighteen others were admitted to the Thambuththegama and Anuradhapura Hospitals.
Three children, who sustained severe injuries, were transferred to Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital.
The Police said investigation was underway to arrest the driver believed to be a resident of Galnewa. (Ariyarathna Abogama)