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A head-on collision between a three-wheeler and a private bus claimed the lives of three persons, including two children at Galagama in Induruwa this evening.

Police Media Unit said the incident had occurred at around 3.45pm when a Matara bound private bus from Colombo crashed into a three-wheeler headed in the opposite direction at Galagama junction along the Galle Road.

Six persons were in the three-wheeler at the time of the incident. A 27-year-old woman along with two male children aged 2 1/2 years and 11 months were killed in the incident. A third child, aged 10 years was hospitalized with serious injuries. Two adult males in the three-wheeler escaped unhurt, police further said.

Police added that the three-wheeler driver had been trying to avoid a muddy pothole when the accident occurred.

Both the private bus and the suspect driver are currently in the custody of the Induruwa Police. Further investigations are ongoing.