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Two more accidents on speedway

The police said that two more accidents were reported on the Southern Expressway over the last two days which also resulted in a CCTV camera and a post being damaged.

The first accident to occur on the southern expressway since it was opened on Sunday was reported on Monday morning when a van toppled injuring two people.

The police media unit said today that another van met with an accident that same night damaging a CCTV camera and the post on which the camera was installed.

In the other accident, a car slid off the road and hit plastic barriers placed on the side of the road yesterday, the police said.

Investigations into that accident are still underway.

25 Comments for “Two more accidents on speedway”

  1. Bruz

    There will be more, until drivers get used to driving safely on highways,motorways & expressways. It will be better if they are given lessons on how to drive on these types of speedways. Drivers simply loose control after speeding at 100 kmph, which they are not used to. Proper training only can reduce these accidents.

    • MH

      100% agree with your comments.Accidents will occur in any motorway and any where in the world including human deaths.Training and education through media will help.Well said Bruz a very possitive way of thinking but if you look at the other comments they are even blaming people and the country for building a highway.They must be from another planet.

  2. Ma-Rout-Ti

    It’s going to take some time for people to get used to driving on highways in safety – for the moment, the daredevils will die like flies…

    Perhaps it’s time that proper driver education was instituted. Sri Lankans believe they are the best drivers in the world (“if you can drive here, you can drive anywhere..” blah.. blah) but in reality, it is the limits placed upon speed by poor roads that have not resulted in massive loss of life so far… now that we have better roads but the same bunch of ill-disciplined drivers, the number of fatalities will increase exponentially

    Stay tuned for more gory disasters

    • Pat

      Well said Ma-Rout-ti……

      Road discipline is extremely important to avoid any type of accidents which will have an impact on many other innocent people.

      Law makers – teach the drivers to obey the law. ensure that the roads are watched all the time, to ensure that drivers obey the “speed” law.. trust the permitted speed is not above 40 – 55 on a Sri Lankan highway. I am not sure, may be even less.. Punish wreckless/drunked drivers severely…

  3. thalaya

    highway may be ready but are the drivers ready for new challenges?

  4. SMD

    These damages better be repaired and replaced. who pays for it is up-to you.

  5. kudu

    plastic barriers on a highway
    noway

  6. raj

    imagine these drivers are immigrating to other countries and driver. There will be a chaos

  7. colaba buwa

    Live fast, drink hard, dye young and party like no tomorrow. The only way to live

  8. Nuwan

    Most of our drivers are lack in discipline and common sense. That might be the reason behind above accidents. Further they need some training in driving because they do not get train at the time of obtaining driving licenses. Thus I thought of not to use this highway for another 6 months, because I don’t want to put my life in risk for others mistake.

  9. Jude

    How can third world SL have express ways when over 80% of the populationis under the poverty line. It is a poort country. U feed your pple first before building stupid roads that you cannot afford to build.

  10. suren soysa

    It is a lovely stretch of roadway. We need to have more such roads in Sri Lanka for decent law abiding people to drive on. Since the 27th November to 1st December, I have covered a distance of 195 km in three occasions & did not have to touch my brakes even once accept entering the exit root! I maintained a speed 0f 85 to 100 kmph, right up to the point of exit. Just because you are angry with your nose you do not cut it off!! For anti Government elements anything good is bad & that is the trend now!

  11. AJITH

    EVEN IN USA THE SPEED LIMIT IS 55 AND 85 ON THE HIGH WAYS,HERE THE SPEED LIMIT 100 ON TWO LANES NO WAY

  12. Bruz

    It’s only a four hundred bucks one way. No big deal for any struggling lankans.

  13. Sandra Casseer

    Ape Lankawe aya kavada kapu takarang de? They may have to date gone more than 80 kmp so suddenly when they are given to fly……..now only the CCTVs and lamp posts but later on it will be more deaths and flying vehicles

  14. Rukman

    This is what you call bad luck after mahinda opened the highway. When Mahinda touches something it turns to ashes.

  15. AUSTRALIA HAS A SPEED LIMIT OF 120 BUT VERY REARLY WE HEAR OF ACCIDENTS ON THE EXPRESS HIGHWAY. IF KUMAR WELAGAMA CAN DRIVE WITHOUT AN ACCIDENT AT 180 KMPH WHY CANNOT OTHERS DO.

  16. Ranji

    Not sure if u have been to USA or not buddy….the speed limits are 85MPH (miles per hour) while in SL it’s only 100KmPH.

    85MPH is roughly 140KmpH :)

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