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Three persons were killed three others injured after a head-on collision between a private bus and a three-wheeler at Eheliyagoda last night.

Police said the incident occurred when a private bus traveling towards Colombo from Sevanagala had crashed into a three-wheeler traveling towards Ratnapura from Colombo.

Six persons who were in the three-wheeler who were injured during the incident were admitted to the Eheliyagoda hospital, where two of the victims succumbed to their injuries. A third injured person died at the Ratnapura hospital after being transferred for further treatment. The three other injured are still being treated at the Avissawella hospital.

The deceased, aged 28, 31 and 32 years, have all been identified as being residents of Lellupitiya, Welimaluwa. Initial investigations had revealed that the victims had all been returning from a party when the accident occurred.

The bus driver has been taken into police custody and is due to be produced before the Avissawella Magistrate’s Court today.