Ten people were killed and two others injured when a van they were travelling in collided head-on with a bus, near the Mahiyanganaya National College early this morning.
Police said the bus which was travelling from Trincomalee to Diyathalawa on the Mahiyanganaya-Badulla Main Road, had collided head-on with the van at around 1.30 this morning.
They said the driver of the van and eleven others were admitted to the Mahiyanganaya Hospital and ten of them have succumbed to their injuries.
Police said four men, three women and three children were among the deceased.
The driver of the bus has been arrested.
Police suspect that the accident could have occurred following the van driver falling asleep on the wheel.(Darshana Sanjeewa and Palitha Ariyawansa)
Video by Damith, Palitha Ariyawansa
Pix by Ranjith Karunaweera
Comments - 7
Rajkumar Nagarajah Wednesday, 17 April 2019 09:37 AM
Enough is enough. It is a serious public health and social problem in our country. The President, Prime Minister, civil Society Organizations and all citizens should come together to deal with this situation. We also have to accept the fact that we are an absolutely indiscipline society. Do we understand the social cost as a results of road accidents!!!. Priority: road safety, responsible driving, law enforcement, no Three wheeler on the road, no children on the motor bike to name a few
Jaliya Wednesday, 17 April 2019 09:55 AM
Police suspect that the accident could have occurred following the van driver falling asleep on the wheel. YES the Police has the RIGHT TO JUMP TO CONCLUSION IMMEDIATELY. In sri lanka we are trying to set new records each year on reckless driving incidents. We are only good at doing those things that would destroy families. LAND LIKE NO OTHER
Yana Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:17 AM
This carnage on our roads will never cease until large fines are imposed on errant drivers.
Bhavi Wednesday, 17 April 2019 01:29 PM
The private van owners accept all hire and assign drivers not giving rest to them. Regulations over private transport services must be imposed.
Antony Edward Wednesday, 17 April 2019 01:58 PM
According to the fotograp the accident took place just off by 3 feet from the single line.
But with the ordinance of the traffic it's a
On the other hand the accident could have avoided by the driver of the bus and his duty is to safeguard his passengers.
But we people should avoid the night traveling to escape from the desaster .
We pray for their souls to Rest In Peace
Citizen Wednesday, 17 April 2019 03:15 PM
Hon. President, PM
Mahinda Wednesday, 17 April 2019 03:34 PM
Driving license should Issued to with proper testing.The examiners identity should be stated on license issued. Poor examination s result is killing our nation.
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