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File photo of car in flames

Five persons, including a 11-year-old girl were hospitalized after a car slammed into a culvert and toppled off a bridge at Pallebedda in Godakawela last evening.

Police Media Unit said the car had been traveling towards Embilipitiya when the incident occurred. Three females, a male and the 11-year-old girl who were in the car at the time all suffered injuries and were admitted to the Pallebedda hospital.

The car had burst into flames after the accident. The fire was eventually doused with the combined efforts of police and area residents. No deaths resulted from the incident. The extent of the property damage is yet to be determined. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.