Driver’s carelessness caused 10 deaths in Bandarawela


Police investigations, into Monday evening’s deadly bus accident at Mapitiya, Bandarawela, in which ten people were killed and more than 20 others were injured, have revealed that it was due to the carelessness of the driver.

The SLTB bus which fell into a steep precipice of about 300 feet was reduced to pieces.

Eighteen of the injured are receiving treatment in the Badulla, Bandarawela and Diyatalawa hospitals and four of them are in a serious condition.

The bus driver was among the injured while the conductor was in a critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit.

The dead comprised five males and five females.

The ill-fated bus had begun the journey at 6:30 p.m. from Bandarawela and was proceeding to Poonagala. Not considering the terrain and the misty conditions, the driver had been speeding, when the bus toppled down the precipice, the police said.

The dead were identified as R. Samantha Ratnayake (43) of Godawela, Patana, Peruven Ravichandran (37) of Poonagala Estate, Subramanium Sathyaraj (26) of Mahakanda Estate, Mutusamy Nirmala (33) of Grodon Estate, R. D. Piyasena (58) of Poonagala Estate, Sinnasamy Sinthamma (54) of Poonagala Estate, Palaniyandi Sathyaseelan (30) of Moragollawatte, Haliela, P. Walliamma (65) of Poonagala Estate, Ratnayake Mudiyanselage Dinusha Sandamali (19) of Ampitikandawatte and Ekanayake Mudiyanselage Dinushika Thishari (6) of Telulla Colony, Wellawaya.

Thishari was a Grade Two student of Bandarawela Kuda Kusum girls’ school. Since her mother is employed abroad she was living with her aunt and had become a victim of the accident while returning after attending a tuition class.

Most of the victims were returning home after work with groceries to feed their families.

Bandarawela Magistrate Aruna Wickramasinghe conducted the magisterial inquiry yesterday morning.

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