Highways safety threatened by Kites; 3 killed in road accidents

Monday, 29 August 2016 - 13:58


Three died and 1 person was injured in 2 separate road accidents that occurred on the E01 and E03 highways.

In The first accident two persons were killed and a 19-year-old was injured when a car crashed into a lamp post near the Interchange at Ja-Ela on Colombo Katunayake Expressway this morning after the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The two victims have been identified as 23-year old and 25-year old residents of Ja-Ela.

In the second accident, a 25-year-old succumbed to his injuries following a crash involving a car and a cab near the 99 Kilometer Post in Akmeemana on the Southern Expressway last evening.

The victim has been identified as a 25-year old resident of Eksath Mawatha in Kadawatha.

The other person is receiving treatment at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital.

Meanwhile, Director of Expressways Operation and Maintenance S. Opanayake said Expressway users have been involved in several accidents caused by kite flying. 

Sri Lanka Air Force stated that the kite flying close to flight routes would also pose dangers, especially during flight takeoff and landing. 

 Air Force stated that danger prone areas are Katunayake, Ratmalana, Negombo and Piliyandala.