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Four air men killed in accident

The mangled three wheeler at the Warakapola police station.Picture by Gamini Ramyapala.
The mangled three wheeler at the Warakapola police station.Picture by Gamini Ramyapala.

Four air force personnel were killed in an accident when the three-wheeler they were travelling in collided with a truck near the Dharmasiri Senenayake statue in Warakapola on the Kandy-Colombo main road last morning.The victims are Air Force personnel attached to the Ratmalana Air Force Base. They have been identified as Sampath Gedara Ranjith Prasanna (28), Saman Kumara Kalugala (37), Ruwan Sampath Dissanayake (38) and Chaminda Kumara (31).

Police said that the four Air Force personnel had met with the accident when they were returning to the Ratmalana AF camp after attending a funeral in Matale.Warakapola Police said they were on their way from Matale to Ratmalana via Kandy and Kegalle.

They had reached Warakapola around 3.45 am, according to the police and had met with the accident after passing the Warakapola town. The container from Colombo to Polonnaruwa had collided head on with the three wheeler and the three wheeler had been dragged by the container for about 12 meters.

The residents had rushed them to the Warakapola Base Hospital. However, the victims were pronounced dead upon admission to hospital.

Upon examining the three-wheeler, the police had discovered a banner that they had taken to the funeral house and that helped the police to identify the victims as being from the Ratmalana AF base. Thereafter, the AF Ratmalana had been notified of the incident.The trishaw was a mangled wreck in the accident and the driver of the container was arrested over the incident.

The Warakapola Police is investigating the incident under the directives of the Kegalle ASP Jayantha Athukorale.


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