A person died and three others were hospitalized with critical injuries after a three-wheeler veered off the road and crashed on to a tree in Pethiyagama area on Thambuttegama – Pahalagama Road early this morning.
The driver of the three wheeler who died following the accident was identified as R.M.H. Premaratne - the Principal of Gurugama Vidyalaya at Thambuttegama.
When the incident occurred, the Principal, his wife and two daughters were returning after a pilgrimage to the Adam’s Peak.
Police suspect the accident may have occurred due to the driver falling asleep at the wheel.