Double tragedy for Navy

By Madura Ranwala

A Commander and a Lieutenant Commander of the Navy were killed in the early hours of yesterday after their car crashed head-on with a container truck at Karuwelagawewa ninth mile post on the Anuradhapura-Puttalam main road.

The victims, Commander G. D. Janaka Priyantha (44) of Horana and Lieutenant Commander D. Charith Sanira Kaluthanthrie (32) of Madiwela, Kotte had been on their way back to Colombo after attending a passing out parade in Anuradhapura. They were pronounced dead on admission to the Puttalam Hospital.

Police spokesman SP Buddhika Siriwardana told The Island that the victims had been travelling to Colombo from Punewa Navy camp around 2.20 a.m. in a car when the mishap occurred.

The driver of the Navy car too was injured but his condition was not serious, he said. The driver of the container had been arrested by the Karuwelagaswewa police.

Police investigations conducted so far have revealed that the driver of the container truck had fallen asleep and rammed into the speeding car heading to Colombo from the opposite direction, police sources said.

Commander Priyantha was a father of two children, a son (15) and daughter (13). The other victim, Lieutenant Commander Kaluthanthrie was also a father of two children, daughters aged four and one and half years.

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