Six persons from the same family were killed and 26 others injured, some critically, in a road accident in Haragama on the Mahanuwara-Gurudeniya Road early yesterday.
The accident occurred when a private van collided with a private bus around 6.30 a.m, the Police said.
Those in the van were on their way to Kandy after attending a funeral in Badulla. The injured were admitted to the Intensive Care Units of the Kandy and Peradeniya Hospitals. The Police said the accident had occurred due to the driver falling asleep. Among the dead was a boy who had excelled at the recent Year Five Scholarship examination.
Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake who visited those receiving treatment at hospital said assistance will be provided for the funeral of the accident victims.