Five persons including four women died in a collision between a van and a tractor at Welikanda on the Batticaloa-Polonnaruwa Road this morning.
The accident occurred around 1.45 a.m. today (19) at Kolakanawadiya in Welikanda on the Maradankadawala-Thirukondiyamadu Road.
According to the police, a van heading towards Welikanda had collided with a two-wheel tractor pulling a trailer travelling in the same direction.
The five persons travelling in the tractor were killed in the crash, and 12 others who sustained injuries were admitted to the Polonnaruwa Hospital.
The four women among the deceased are residents of Welikanda, Bowatte, police said.
The van driver was taken into custody, and Welikanda police are conducting further investigations.