ECONOMYNEXT-The Road Development Authority (RDA) is investigating the site where a bus plunged down a precipice in Passara killing 14 and injuring 31 others on Saturday Director-General of the RDA L.V.S Weerakoon told EconomyNext.
He said the officers will investigate how a rock that blocked part of the road came to be lying there.
Video footage showed a tipper-truck moving to its Right to avoid the rock, causing the bus to move to its Left causing the accident.
The bus was travelling from Lunugala to Colombo and plunged about 200 feet near the 13th milepost on the Badulla-Moneragala road.
This is the worst road accident in Sri Lanka since 2005.
Today, Secretary to the Ministry of Highways R.W. Pemasiri appointed a three-member committee to investigate the accident.
The committee consists of two additional secretaries from the Ministry of Highways and the Chairman of the RDA.
Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said on Saturday that the cause of the bus accident was careless driving. He said physical and environmental evidence near the scene of the crash showed the driver was unable to control the bus.
The media reported that the rock that was fallen on the road has been cleared now and the RDA has enforced speed limits where the accident took place.
The Office of the Uva Province Governor has decided to give compensation of Rs 30,000 per victims who were killed for the final rituals while the National Transport Board has decided to provide financial aid to their families.
The driver of the bus and the driver of the tipper lorry who obstructed the road and fled the scene afterwards were remanded till March 25 after being produced before the Badulla Magistrate’s Court. (Colombo/Mar22/2021)
Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe