Waskaduwa bus collision kills 6, injures 52 | Daily News


Waskaduwa bus collision kills 6, injures 52

Six were killed and 52 persons including a child sustained injuries early morning yesterday (04) when a SLTB bus collided with a private bus near Waskaduwa, Kalutara, the Police said.

The deceased comprise three females and three males while the injured comprise 43 males, 09 females and a child, police disclosed.

The driver of the SLTB bus is among the deceased, it was reported. The driver of the private bus has sustained serious injuries and is presently receiving emergency care.

According to Police, the tragedy struck when a bus belonging to the Sri Lanka Transport Board bound to Colombo from Elpitiya collided with a semi luxury private bus heading towards Tangalle from Mullaitivu, around 5.15 a.m. The two buses had collided head on when the SLTB bus has attempted to overtake a lorry. Both buses were heavily damaged in the accident.

The video footage taken soon after the accident shows that the immediate responders to the scene had to make strenuous effort to extricate the passengers who were stuck in the tangle of metal inside the severely damaged SLTB bus. A child and a sixteen year old girl were among the rescued. The #1990 ‘Suwaseriya’ ambulance service which immediately responded to the scene carried the victims to Nagoda hospital in Kalutara and Panadura base hospital.

According to one of the passengers in the Tangalle – Mullaitivu bus, he was seated in the fifth row when the two buses collided. “I was awake. I heard a crashing sound. It was like a bomb blast. All the passengers who sat next to me in the same row were injured and we were taken to hospital.”

Another passenger who had sustained minor injuries said: “I was asleep when the accident happened. I heard a loud noise, hit my head and woke up.”

Several persons who were present at the scene accused the drivers of reckless driving and said, “They drive like maniacs but it is the innocent people who have to pay the price.”

Kalutara North Police is conducting further investigations.

Meanwhile, Speaking to Daily News, IP Mahakumara of the Police Media Unit said that the result of the preliminary inquiry into the accident is yet to be received.

“The Police will be taking statements from the victims and the witnesses, especially on speeding and reckless driving. According to the reports, one of the bus drivers have died and the other one is in critical condition. When a fatal accident like this happens, the Police have the provisions to press murder charges against the driver, if reckless driving is a cause for the accident. If the driver is dead in the accident, part of the accident’s responsibility falls on the bus owner as well. Because, the bus owners have a responsibility to educate their drivers on safe driving,” he pointed out. 

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