Reckless driving claims 16 lives in three days
Sixteen people were killed and 14 injured in road deaths due to
reckless driving during the last three days.
Six people were killed and nine others critically injured when a
Mazda tipper returning from a funeral at Pitaratmale lost control and
plummeted 800 feet into a precipice near the third mile post on the
Haputale Beragala road on Monday night.
A spokesman for the Badulla DIG's office said five people died on the
spot while another died after admission to the Badulla hospital
yesterday morning. Arm
y and Air Force units were called from Diyatalawa bases for the
rescue operation and lift the injured from the gorge below, Police said.
The nine injured including the driver of the tipper are warded at
Haputale and Haldummulla hospitals and some were later transferred to
the Diyatalawa Base hospital. Two have been rushed to Badulla hospital
in critical condition. Five of the travellers are reported missing.
Police said a group of 20 people had left Welikada, Rajagiriya on
July 10 to attend a funeral at Pitaratmale, Haputale. The accident had
occurred on the return journey, the next day. The group had left around
9.00 pm after attending the funeral.
"We have not yet ascertained the cause for the accident," the
spokesman said adding that the Motor Traffic Examiners will leave for
the accident site from Badulla Police Station to conduct an inquiry to
find the cause of the accident.
The incident came just days after 10 people including eight women
were killed and five others seriously injured in a van-lorry collision
in Weliweriya on Saturday night.
The van which was returning from Anuradhapura after a religious
ceremony collided with the lorry coming on the wrong side at the 'Suruwama
Several major accidents have occurred during the last few months, the
most horrendous being the bus-rail crash at Yangalmodara, Polgahawela,
in which 37 people were killed.