Ten persons, including three children, were killed in a head-on collision between a van and a bus opposite the Mahiyanganaya National School yesterday (17).
Ten of the 12 passengers travelling in the van died in the accident. The dead included three women, three children and the driver of the van. Their bodies were taken to the Mahiyanganaya Base Hospital.
According to the Mahiyanganaya Police, the accident had occured as the driver of the van had fallen asleep and veered off to the other side of the road and collided with a bus heading in the opposite direction.
Bus passengers had not sustained injuries.
The two surviving passengers of the van, who were in a critical condition, had been admitted at the Mahiyanganaya Base Hospital and later transferred to the General Hospital Badulla for further treatment.
The Police are conducting investigations into the incident.
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