Police have launched investigations to track down a vehicle involved in the hit-and-run deaths of two persons on a motorbike.

Police Media Unit said the vehicle had struck a motorbike at at around 1.45am today in Siyambalanduwa along the Monaragala-Batticaloa road.

The motorcyclist and the pillion rider, who sustained serious injuries in the crash, were admitted to the Siyambalanduwa Hospital but succumbed to their injuries. They have been identified as a 36-year-old resident of Siyambalanduwa and a 58-year-old resident of Dombagahawela.

The bodies are currently lying at the Siyambalanduwa Hospital pending a post-mortem examination. The vehicle involved remains unidentified and investigations are currently ongoing to arrest the perpetrators.