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Army forms committee to probe Diyatalawa Fox Hill Supercross accident

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Colombo, April 23(Daily Mirror) - The Sri Lanka Army has decided to appoint a special investigation committee consisting of 07 senior officers chaired by a Major General to probe the accident that occurred during the Diyatalawa Fox Hill Supercross.

Army Spokesman Major General Rasika Kumara said that this committee appointed by the Army Headquarters is tasked with reporting the incident to the Commander of the Army.

The investigators will utilize existing videos and photographs related to the accident.

The spokesman outlined several areas of inquiry for the committee, including determining the causes of the accident, identifying responsible parties, confirming the safety measures for spectators, assessing the track's quality assurance processes and recommending preventive measures for future accidents.

The Fox Hill Supercross 2024 was held on 21 April 2024 at the Fox Hill Supercross track.

Seven individuals including an eight-year-old child were killed and 20 others hospitalized with injuries when two racing cars lost control and collided with a group of spectators during the 17th race of the 1500cc Ford Laser Mazda 323 category.

The injured were admitted to the Diyatalawa Base Hospital, with 10 later transferred to the Badulla Teaching Hospital for further treatment. 

Two racing drivers who participated in the racing event have been arrested by the police over the accident and remanded till April 30 by the Bandarawela Magistrate's Court.


  Comments - 26

  • Concerned Tuesday, 23 April 2024 12:44 PM

    What’s the point in arresting the drivers when they didn’t commit the crime on purpose. In actual fact the organisers should be locked for improper planning and no precautions to safeguard spectators

    Forgot Spectators Needed Proper Protection Too Wednesday, 24 April 2024 06:13 AM

    Absolutely- No sense of safety at all. These army guys thought it’s like driving in the field is acceptable in their armoured or 4w drives. But they forgot the spectator too needed solid protection from these cars too.

    Waruna Seneviratne Tuesday, 23 April 2024 01:00 PM

    Bunch of Jokers with no common sense. sri Lanka Army is now filled with lot of political appointees. Sad plight.

    Boatman Tuesday, 23 April 2024 01:05 PM

    Another eye wash to the public. They will not come up with anything as they are the one's to be blamed. This is just for the citizens to keep munching until something else happens in the country and then as any other committee outcome, this will also be forgotten.

    Sokrates Tuesday, 23 April 2024 01:52 PM

    Roughly 15-year-old junk cars are allowed to race with drivers who have had no racing training on a race track that is barely suitable for mountain bike racing. Everyone is responsible: as the organizer the army, the race track owners, the car owners, the drivers and the authority that approved this “race track”.

    Driver Tuesday, 23 April 2024 01:53 PM

    Committee committee. FINAL ONLY TEA.

    Jeanne Wednesday, 24 April 2024 10:52 AM

    @Driver: LMAO ... and even the TEA is also a problem now!!! Can't get anything right in this stupid retarded country. Only thieving is done without a committee. And plain tea.

    Ajith Thamboo Tuesday, 23 April 2024 02:14 PM

    Army conducts the race and they directly responsible for the event, then how come they can carry out impartial inquiry? There should be an independent inquiry.

    Kapila Nanayakkara Wednesday, 24 April 2024 04:16 AM

    Very good point. Army is not above the law. Profesionals in racing, engineering, health and safety too should be involved in the investigation, not just army commanders.

    Ylg Tuesday, 23 April 2024 02:39 PM

    Why arrest the drivers? Were they suppose to drive carefully? It's a bloody race. In other countries the spectators are behind a protective mesh. Arrest the organisers. The army has no idea on specifications and safety.

    Pitiful Planning with No Sense Of Safety Tuesday, 23 April 2024 02:48 PM

    No need for a committee to investigate. Those having common sense will know how it happened. Track is super dusty, can’t clearly see in front. It’s like driving in a fog and senior officers allowed it. Shows the mentality on safety in the forces! Races not stopped when 1st accident car still on the tracks. No solid safety barriers and distance between track and spectator areas to protect the spectators. Only Flimsy cardboards separating the spectators. Lastly, the way some of the injured were carried into ambulances by spectators might had resulted in further spinal or bone injuries.

    john frazer Tuesday, 23 April 2024 02:49 PM

    My God Use the common sense . police unnecessarily arresting the drivers of the cars. Look at from the other developed countries . Health and safety has been compromised this relies with the organising committee .They are responsible and its Corporate Manslaughter – when death has occurred because of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of duty of care.

    Steve Tuesday, 23 April 2024 03:23 PM

    A country of Committees and Committees.

    Gabriella Tuesday, 23 April 2024 04:16 PM

    Another Kommitee ! Where’s the cup of tea ?

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 23 April 2024 04:29 PM

    These are seasonal jokes. You are unable to admit to all the serious atrocities committed to Tamils of the north, so what makes this committee honest.

    joshua Tuesday, 23 April 2024 04:43 PM

    Another of those dead committees, I think.

    Sam Silva Tuesday, 23 April 2024 05:48 PM

    You don't need to appointment a committee. Hold all the organizers responsible for this tragedy and pay the compensation who lost their lives and injured. Also they should pay a hefty penalty.

    melville perera Tuesday, 23 April 2024 07:32 PM

    all motor cars registered for the race should be recalled by the RMV examiner for their suitability for the race and owners must produce all valid documents (ownership/ emission/rev.licence/com. insurance) All vehicles appeared to be the domestic use type and tuned up by an unqualified mechanic in a wayside garage and the driver should also produce a certificate of fitness and experience to take part in the race. Any such vehicle sans documents should be taken into custody by the police pending RMV report and statements by the driver for court action if traffic laws have been violated. Police should also obtain statements from the organisers of the race regarding the safety of spectators

    Committy Tuesday, 23 April 2024 09:42 PM

    Sri Lanka is famous for committees ????????

    Army cannot be trusted to bring out culprits connected to Military Tuesday, 23 April 2024 10:49 PM

    When there is so much wrong doing with the safety precautions, and the owner of the course, the Army failed to provide for it, it is the Army to blame. Having retired Army officers to probe matter is allowing for maximum bias and give greatest chance for Army to hide it's wrongdoing

    Army may claim course entirely safe fault with drivers and spectators Tuesday, 23 April 2024 10:50 PM

    The outcome from the so called probe from Army will be that they are not at fault, and fault is totally with the drivers, and the spectators.

    Bandu Wednesday, 24 April 2024 02:46 AM

    The Army should have supervised and ensured that the spectators never left the designated areas. That is the fault - no committee required.

    Roger Halliday Wednesday, 24 April 2024 06:12 AM

    The people can and will tell you... The organizers are cleared of any wrong and it is the two drivers and the spectators that should be hauled before the courts.

    last chance Wednesday, 24 April 2024 06:23 AM

    What committee, this is all bull shit, we have seen thousands of fake committees during our life time to fool the masses and that era is over. You have no iota of feeling towards those who got killed due to this accident and you all held the musical extravaganza in the very evening when people are crying for dead and millions are commemorating the heinous Pasku massacre. Wait we will end this soon.

    FredSnr Wednesday, 24 April 2024 06:49 AM

    Appointing a Committee, that's like a cardiologist appointing a committee to probe the cause of the ailment when confronted with a patient.Should be obvious within a few hours of questioning, in this case. Committees simply absolve responsibility, procrastinate, often no meaningful action is taken at the end.The public forgets except for the victims until the next crisis.For the sake of the 8 who lost their lives let's hope this time it is different

    Seeya Wednesday, 24 April 2024 10:04 AM

    Foxhill has been happening for such a long time so the organizers and participants are aware of the safety hazards etc. The safety standards has to increase over the years as cars become faster and when you have more competitors. Since it must be organized by the Army and the SLARDAR they should take measures to increase safety and not hide behind the fact that there were safer places to see the race.


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