Five killed in Palai accident

Five killed in Palai accident

Five killed in Palai accident

Written by Staff Writer

15 Sep, 2016 | 10:01 pm

Reckless driving caused the deaths of five people on the A9 highway today.

The collision which took the lives of five people occurred at about 5:45 a.m. today on the A9 highway in Dharmakeni, Palai.

A private bus plying from Jaffna to Matugama had collided with a van travelling from Colombo to Jaffna, causing the deaths of five people, all residents of Point Pedro.

The five persons, who were travelling in the van, had been returning home after visiting relatives in Wellawatte. Three others who were travelling in the van and six passengers on the bus were injured in the accident and have been admitted to the Killinochchi and Jaffna Hospitals.

Police say that one of the injured is in critical condition.

Preliminary police investigations have uncovered that both vehicles were travelling at high speeds.

Twenty seven people were injured when a bus collided with a parked truck that had been stopped for maintenance work near Gelanigama on the Southern Expressway.

Twenty five of the injured, who were admitted to the Nagoda Hospital, were passengers on the bus.

Two labourers engaged in maintenance work were also injured in the collision.

Police believe that the driver of the bus, which was carrying a group of local tourists travelling from Polonnaruwa to Kataragama, may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Meanwhile, a head on collision between a van and a lorry near the Dambarawa bridge on the Mahiyangana – Badulla Road, caused the deaths of two people travelling in the van, while eight others were injured.

Three children, who were in the van travelling from Colombo to Ampara, are among the injured.

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