A nine-year-old schoolgirl was killed and another schoolgirl was seriously injured when they were run over at a pedestrian crossing by a bus transporting school students at Hettipola this morning.

According to police, the incident had occurred at around 7.10am near the Kotambapitiya Junction along the Chilaw-Wariyapola Main Road. The two schoolgirls, identified as sisters, had been crossing the road at the pedestrian crossing when they were run over by the bus traveling towards Chilaw from Kotambapitiya.

The victims were admitted to the Hettipola Hospital where the nine-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries. Her 13-year-old elder sister is still receiving treatment at the Hettipola Hospital.

The body is lying at the Hettipola Hospital pending a post-mortem examination. The bus driver has been taken into police custody and is due to be produced before the Hettipola Magistrate’s Court today.