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Forty-two students of Thurstan College, Colombo, were admitted to the Nuwara Eliya Base Hospital after Friday night’s bus-van-three-wheeler collision which also left seven–including three children under the age of 14–dead.
Of the students in the hospital, 38 were discharged yesterday as their conditions were not serious, Thurstan College Principal Pramuditha Wickremasinghe told the media. He quoted medical authorities as saying four students, two teachers and three parents continued receiving treatment although they, too, were not in danger.
Of those who died, six were in the van which the bus collided with before it tumbled into a 50-feet deep precipice. Among those killed were a 13-year-old boy and two girls aged eight and 12. Five–the parents and three children—were members of the same family. There had been ten travellers in the van.
The accident occurred around 7.30 pm when a bus with Grade 11 students of Thurstan College crashed with a van and three-wheeler on a short-cut between Radella and Nanu Oya. The three-wheeler driver was also killed.
Fourteen buses with Grade 10 and 11 classes took part in a field visit to Nuwara Eliya, the Principal said. President Ranil Wickremesinghe gave instructions to airlift any injured persons who may require urgent attention. An Air Force chopper was on standby at Ratmalana for this purpose.
The Nanu Oya police told the media they suspected negligence of the bus driver caused the accident. The bus driver was arrested yesterday.
However, investigations are ongoing. The post-mortem examinations of those who were killed were held before their funerals yesterday.
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