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Saturday, 17 December 2016 - 18:48
11 killed in bus – van collision in Chawakachcheriya
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11 individuals were killed this afternoon in an accident that took place near the Sangath-thaanei railway station in Chawakachcheriya along the Jaffna – Kandy – A9 main road.

It is reported that among the victims are 6 members of the same family.

Director of the Jaffna Hospital stated that among the deceased are 6 men and 5 women.

11 out of the 12 passengers who were travelling in the van at the time of the incident, were killed.

It is reported that the victims were on a pilgrimage to Jaffna from Madampe – Chilaw.

A bus plying from Jaffna to Vavuniya has collided head on with the van around 1 PM today.

The van has collided with the bus even after the SLTB driver has brought the bus to a complete stop after seeing the van approaching at a very high speed.

Investigations have revealed that the driver of the van has fallen asleep behind the wheel resulting in the accident.

21 others sustained injuries in the accident and 5 are currently receiving treatment at the Jaffna Hospital.

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