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Three people were killed and another five injured when a car collided head-on with a double cab at Batugedara junction on the Colombo- Batticaloa Road early this morning, Police said.

They said the car was travelling from Ampara to Colombo and the double cab was travelling towards Pelmadulla from Colombo at the time of the accident.

Two people in the same family and another woman in the car were killed and the five people who were in the double cab were admitted to the Ratnapura hospital with injuries.

The deceased were identified as Thondarage Gunapala (80), Suriya Arachchige Pushpa Ranjani (60) and the driver of the car Thondarage Susantha (45).

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  • Derrick leon Friday, 01 September 2017 01:06 PM

    This probably is one of many wake up calls to a Senior Traffic DIG tasked with training and instructing the traffic police so that they can maintain road discipline among drivers in SriLanka. But alas, it will fall on deaf ears as no one in authority will care.Traffic police who turn a blind eye to thousands of small traffic offences on a daily basis should be held responsible for most of these tragic accidents because consequent to their inaction, drivers lose all sense of fear of the law and drive like maniacs. If the traffic police diligently follow the law and impose fines all over the island, every hour the government would earn millions!! Maybe the Finance Ministry should look into this very simple solution rather than working overtime to try and find solutions to our financial woes.

    Tomiyeah Friday, 01 September 2017 01:23 PM

    Sad! all new rich drivers who try to show off.

    sachith Friday, 01 September 2017 01:39 PM

    Government should regulate the safety of all imported vehicles. Just see how bad this car was crashed.

    Dee Friday, 01 September 2017 02:58 PM

    Road manners are non existing mostly due to first time vehicle users. Saw a comment about regulating car safety. No car is safe. Seen 40 mil cars broken in two.

    ceylon Friday, 01 September 2017 03:05 PM

    srilankans die from two ways any time.killing by criminals or killing by vihicles. via DM Android App

    ceylon Friday, 01 September 2017 03:11 PM

    driver mistakenly thought its a race track for car rasing.passengers also responsible for not inform him this road is not for racing.photo shows the high speed impact. via DM Android App

    ANTON Friday, 01 September 2017 03:24 PM

    MAIN CAUSES OF ACCIDENTS , RECKLESS DRIVING ( UDIN YANDA HADANAVA) , SLEEPINESS, FATIGUE, SIDE EFFECTS OF LIQUOR (AFTER LIQUOR IS NOT A MAIN REASON)

    lakshman Friday, 01 September 2017 07:41 PM

    You are correct sir.Driver fatigue is not known in Srilanka.

    Be Fair Friday, 01 September 2017 06:45 PM

    where are those fines, implement it NOW

    Milinda Friday, 01 September 2017 07:25 PM

    Car safety regulations and traffic rule violation fines should be improved a lot in this country. one comment says the car safety regulations aren't important since he has seen a 40 mil car broken in to two...LoL...

    sujeevan Saturday, 02 September 2017 08:30 AM

    People in Sri lanka love to attend funerals and weddings and then end up in the box...when they are too drunk to too sleepy to drive back... We should get used to the habit of taking taxi if not qualified to drive in good conscious and using of seat belts is not practiced either.

    RohanS Saturday, 02 September 2017 08:40 AM

    Motor Patrol : This should mean moving along with the traffic and not standing behind a tree hiding to catch a vehicle crossing the double line. Why are these Motor patrolmen given such high powered Suzuki bikes, is it to be parked behind a Tree??

    ANTON Saturday, 02 September 2017 09:52 AM

    THAT IS WHY THEY ARE CALLED TREE - FIX POLICE.


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