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Army Captain killed, four others injured after defender crashes into tree in Welikanda

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A captain of the Special Forces of Sri Lanka Army was killed and four others were injured after an army defender vehicle met with an accident in Welikanda this morning.

Police said the defender which was traveling from Sinhapura towards Welikanda on the Sinhapura Welikanda road lost control and wheeled off the road before it collided with a tree.

The captain who was traveling in the front seat of the Defender car was injured and died on admission to the Welikanda hospital. 

Four officers, including the driver, who were traveling in the Defender car were injured and admitted to Polonnaruwa Hospital.

The deceased captain, a 28-year-old was identified as a resident of  Matale. 

It was revealed they were traveling from the Trincomalee area to the Maduru Oya army base for official work. 

The Welikanda Police is conducting further investigations.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

 


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  • Reader Saturday, 22 October 2022 12:35 PM

    Very sad news. DM must get their news right; it says Welikada as heading and then says Welikanda. The are two different places, after all.This is not the first time that DM has given confusing news.

    Siri Saturday, 22 October 2022 03:36 PM

    "Defender" is a Land Rover model name, not a type of vehicle. The vehicle type is jeep, and the headline must be about a "jeep" crashing. Nevertheless in another place it says "defender car". So pathetic reporting and writing. School children write better.

    Kishan Dissanayake Saturday, 22 October 2022 09:15 PM

    They don't call this the 'daily error' for no reason..

    Cedric Fernando Sunday, 23 October 2022 12:04 PM

    Sri Lanka has a disastrous road traffic laws that are broken where even the police accept people driving on the wrong side, continously cutting up people.. its a disgrace for tourism.. Its a reflection on the caracteristics of the population.. WE NEED TO ENFORCE STRICT SPOT FINES AND BAN DRIVERS WHO WRECKLESSLY DRIVE ON ROADS STARTING WITH BUS DRIVERS WHO RACE TO GET TO THEIR DEPOT.

    Ram Saturday, 22 October 2022 04:14 PM

    Lost control is due to speeding. Sad situation. The driver must be court marshalled for indiscipline driving

    kamal nathan Saturday, 22 October 2022 05:00 PM

    possibly drink and drive

    Helanka Saturday, 22 October 2022 05:00 PM

    RIP Cpt. May you achieve Nibbana. Condolences to the family.

    Spartacus Saturday, 22 October 2022 05:13 PM

    Nice reporting. These rascals must have been driving at break neck arrogant speed like they normally do. Fate taught them a lesson. In the end, public compensate for all this indiscipline.

    I am patriot Saturday, 22 October 2022 06:21 PM

    High likelihood the vehicle was speeding. The tread of the front vehicle looks good, and of course it was maintained well. Glad they hadn't harmed any other persons with the vehicle.

    Kumar Saturday, 22 October 2022 08:18 PM

    The vehicle seems to be intact. If that vehicle had seat belts some of the occupants could have survived. A golf pro. who crashed and rolled his SUV three times down a hill survived because he wore his seat belts.

    Nihal Saturday, 22 October 2022 08:25 PM

    Is this jeep produced in India ?

    No Value for Life Saturday, 22 October 2022 09:31 PM

    Damn good. These buggers should die like this for reckless driving. Thank God this fellow was killed instead of taking an innocent person’s life.

    No Value for Life Saturday, 22 October 2022 09:31 PM

    Damn good. These buggers should die like this for reckless driving. Thank God this fellow was killed instead of taking an innocent person’s life.

    Mahesh Saturday, 22 October 2022 10:59 PM

    Very sad news and it has to be noted that the forces personnel tend to drive their vehicles very fast contrary to the traffic laws and causes harm to themselves as well as the general public.

    Rahumathulla Abdul Rahuman Sunday, 23 October 2022 05:15 AM

    Defender failed to defend the occupants.

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Sunday, 23 October 2022 11:51 AM

    Fatigue, continuous driving without sleep or rest could make you sleep without one's knowledge that causes accidents. Every driver should take 15 minutes rest after 2 hours of drive.

    Terrence Sunday, 23 October 2022 02:35 PM

    This is not the first time Defenders with Army Personnel have crashed. These defenders speed recklessly like maniacs without any concern for other road users. They also feel that the world is coming to an end and these disasters snatch young lives. The authorities should instill discipline when driving these vehicles and drivers who violate should be court martialed

    Concerned Citizen Monday, 24 October 2022 05:35 AM

    Primary cause is speeding, and that shows in the picture. These military personnel are known speed law violators, they drive as if the road belongs to their grand mother. If there was a bystander for some reason he would have been killed for no fault of its own. Its a good thing the passengers were killed not anyone else, this third world military needs discipline and their budget cutoff.


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