Five persons were hospitalized for treatment following a collision between a private bus and a lorry on the Southern Expressway at about midnight yesterday.

Police said the accident occurred near the 90.9L Kilometer post on the Southern Expressway. A private bus heading towards Matara had tried to overtake the lorry when the collision occurred.

The lorry driver and his assistant, as well as three passengers on the bus, including a female, sustained injuries in the incident.

The two persons in the lorry were admitted to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital while the bus passengers were admitted to the Elpitiya Hospital.

Investigations into the accident are being conducted by officers attached to the Pinnaduwa Exit of the Southern Expressway.