Risky Roads: Six deaths reported in 24 hours

Risky Roads: Six deaths reported in 24 hours

Risky Roads: Six deaths reported in 24 hours

Written by Tharushan Fernando

05 Mar, 2017 | 7:52 pm

In spite of numerous awareness programmes, hoardings and newspaper notices on the importance of road safety, the concept of being responsible motorists and pedestrians, seem to be lost on the general public.

Bearing testament to this situation, six deaths were reported in the past 24 hours due to road accidents in several parts of the country.

A pregnant mother was among those killed.

Accidents reported across the country

Three killedin van-bus collision

ac1A motor accident took place on the Avissawella – Nittambuwa Main road around 7 on Saturday night as a result of a collision between a private bus and a van in the Erundeniya area in Amithirigala.

Three people were killed in the accident. Police said that nine people were travelling the van at the time.



What Happened..

ac2“We visited Adam’s Peak the day before yesterday. So, while we were returning, and around 15 or 20 kilometers away from home, a bus came on the wrong side of the road and collided with our van in the Amithirigala area.”said a passenger.

Six others injured in the accident were admitted to the Avissawella Base Hospital while two women who were in a critical condition were transferred to the National Hospital.


Sixteen injured in Kantale – Trincomalee area

Meanwhile, a motor accident took place in the Palampatar area on the Kantale – Trincomalee area around 7 on Saturday night.

The accident occurred when a tractor transporting a harvesting machine from Trincomalee to Kantale collided with an on oncoming mini-lorry.

Sixteen people travelling in the mini-lorry were admitted to the Trincomalee Base Hospital with injuries.

Accident in Hikkaduwa

A motor accident in the Thiranagama area in Hikkaduwa around 3.30 on Sunday morning claimed the life of a youth.

The accident took place when a three-wheeler travelling from Galle to Hikkaduwa crashed into a wall after being unable to control its speed.

Three of the four passengers travelling in the three-wheeler ,who sustained injuries, were hospitalised.

Eleven-year-old killed in motor accident

An eleven year old child was killed in a motor accident which took place in the Mekichchawa area in Kahatagasdiliya on Sunday morning.

The accident took place while the child was travelling on a motorcycle with his mother, when a car collided with their vehicle from the rear.

The mother of the child, who sustained serious injuries in the accident, has been admitted to the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital.

Motor accident claims life of expectant mother

A motor accident which took place in the Athdalapitiya area in Bandarawela this morning claimed the life of an expectant mother.

Police said the woman had returned home from the market with her son in the car when the vehicle fell off a 150 metre precipice while she was trying to park it.
“We were down here when we heard a noise. When I came the vehicle had fallen and was covered by the trees. There was no one around. I called the people around and got her out of the vehicle”, said a witness.

The injured child was admitted to the Bandarawela District Hospital.

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