Three killed in Yakkala accident

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A family of three was killed when they met with an accident on their way to Anradhapura. They met with their fate in Yakkala on the Colombo Kandy main road. The car collided head on with an oncoming bus. The driver of the bus was taken into custody by Gampaha police pending further inquiries.
(Pictrues by Tilakaratne Dissanayake)



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  • Konde Bendapucheenaa Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:08 AM

    This is Very Common thing In Srilanka

    R.Perera Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:27 AM

    Although the car is a 1980/82 M/Lancer wagon, it is not in a bad shape after the accident, but 03 people are dead. Why? The reason is not wearing seat belts. Why passengers in SL do not wear seat belts although they are available in almost every car?. I see three reasons for this,
    1) handful of people like to wear them for safety reasons, but think it is a kind of "sobanaya" you are displaying in public and therefore refrain doing it, especially the ladies.
    2) Most males think nothing will happen to them as they are made of steel, and can bear any brunt.
    3) Many think seat belt is a kind of nuisance and is an OPTION in the vehicle.
    I see almost every male in SL drive cars with one hand on the wheel, purely for sobhanaya. In fact you need 04 hands, 04 legs and 10 heads with 20 eyes to drive in SL.

    R.Perera
    Australia

    Nimal Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:27 AM

    There is no stop for ''Head on collisions''. This is the biggest menace of the country and nobody takes any action. Can't understand why they do not split the main roads. The police is lenient towards errant private bus drivers. IGP, it is over to you. If not very soon the tourists will also stop visiting here.

    Thaksila Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:43 AM

    Exactly predicted/correct.

    Imtiaz Azeez Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:50 AM

    Mr. Perera I fully endorse your comments. Seat belts will be made compulsory from 01/10/2011

    bandara Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:40 AM

    wreckless driving in Sri Lanka was initiated by the Politicians.See the way they drive.It is followed by the security forces.No law applies on them. Police are scared to take any action. No wonder others are also trying the same stunts.
    Bus drevers and politicians drivers are the worst wreckless Idiots. No care or respect for other people or vehicles on the roads. Like all the other things law and order also in screwed by these Heartless Criminals. No point trying them in local courts as local legal system is gone a stray. They should be tried in Saudi Arabian Court where the old punishment system "eye for eye" is practised.

    Rosh Tuesday, 16 August 2011 11:20 AM

    The only option to stop head on colision could be - Installing the iron made road seperators in the middle by dividing in & out lanes. But if we implement this, all the 3wheere & Bike people would start protesting as they cant take their well known short cuts !!!

    Managala Tuesday, 16 August 2011 11:40 AM

    Well Said !! Someone who knows the pain of driving here in Sri Lanka Pedestrians Drivers Police does not know

    1. Road Rules
    2. Respect to others

    Those are the reasons for this kind of tragedies.

    Cyril Alwis Wednesday, 17 August 2011 11:48 AM

    I doubt very much whether the tourists will pour into Sri Lanka. Foreigners are dead scared to cross a road. I have been living for the last 45 year in Germany and when I visit to Sri Lanka, I feel how expensive to live there. With that money I spend in Sri Lanka, I can very well make my holidays in Italy, Spain, France or UK.

    Cyril

    shamendra Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:58 PM

    dreaming of, if it was a maruti

    palithaeka Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:10 PM

    Our drivers, particularly private bus drivers, tricks etc. very bad, not following rules, hesitate to share the roads. Police should apply rules not on good drivers but on private buses, three wheelers and trucks.

    Bird Eye Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:59 PM

    So sad

    John Wednesday, 17 August 2011 04:35 AM

    This not the first time in kandy colombo road, i always travel to kandy i can see the bus drivers doesnt use road rules , traffice police should look into this serious matter specially kandy colombo private and government busses

    lanka mathini Tuesday, 16 August 2011 03:16 PM

    Hope our new IGP Mr Illangakoon will look into this matter soon. He is known to be a problem-solver and should deliver the goods. Bring in heavier penalties for bad and drunken driving, separate the 2 lanes and force passengers to wear seat belts.

    hiran Tuesday, 16 August 2011 03:52 PM

    im very sad to hear this.this is my one of teacher"s family.

    robin cruz Wednesday, 17 August 2011 01:32 PM

    Bus drivers don't care because the punishments are light. Police are often in the pockets of the bus owners. This will never end.


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