Number of accidental deaths reaches a new high this season

Number of accidental deaths reaches a new high this season

Written by Staff Writer

15 Apr, 2014 | 10:15 pm

Police say that 40 people have been killed in road accidents over the past five days.

Police Media spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana says that 34 fatal road accidents were reported during this time-frame.

Twenty seven people were injured in an accident involving two buses near Wanarajawatte in Hatton on Tuesday evening. Our reporter says that two small children and 17 women were among the injured.

A thirty-six-year-old mother of three was killed in an accident involving a motorcycle in Aralaganwila.

The motorcycle was being ridden by the victim’s husband a Samurdhi officer in Wehera Gala which comes under the Aralganwila Police division.

According to reports,  the motorcycle had toppled when the rider increased speed to get away from a group who was chasing after them.

An individual was run over by a lorry and killed in Ma Madala, Ambalantota. The police say he was run over as he was attempting to cross the road with his bicycle. The driver of the lorry has been arrested.

A thirteen-year-old girl was killed in another accident which occurred near the 17th mile post in Minneriya.

The girl had been riding a motorcycle with her father. The motorcycle carrying the father, son and daughter was hit in the rear by a van.

The victim, Savindhya Divyanjali, was a Grade 8 student at Royal College, Polonnaruwa.

Her body was taken from the Polonnaruwa District Hospital to the Polonnaruwa General Hospital for the post-mortem examination.

Five people were injured in another accident that occurred in the Belumgala area in Keppetipola. The accident occurred when a three-wheeler travelling from Nuwara Eliya, collided with a lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

Two women, two small children and the driver of the three wheeler were injured in the accident.

The driver is being treated at the Welimada Base Hospital, while the others have been admitted to the Badulla General Hospital.

Meanwhile, the Director of the National Hospital, Dr. Anil Jasinghe says there was a considerable increase in road accidents during the New Year season this year in comparison with other types of accidents.

Police say that 880 people have been arrested between April 10 to date, owing to drunk driving. Police have requested pedestrians and motorists to observe traffic laws when using the roads.

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