24 devotees injured as vehicle overturns in Batticaloa
[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 July 2006, 10:38 GMT]
Twenty four devotees, returning home after an overnight Hindu festival at Kothiyapuram Nagathampiran temple in Ilupaiyadichchenai in Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled Batticaloa, were injured when their over speeding vehicle overturned Thursday at 6:30 a.m. on the Kanchirankuda Road.
Injured traveller Mehanathan Keerthana, a 12-year old girl, has been taken to a Colombo hospital for treatment. Rest of the injured were admitted to the Batticaloa General Hospital.
Ms Ehamparamoorthy Sasikala, 27 has been transferred to the hospital’s surgery unit for emergency surgery, hospital sources said.
The driver fell asleep at the wheel after joining in the all night Hindu festival, lost control of his vehicle, and hit a way side Palmyrah palm tree before overturning.
Ilupaiyadichchenai is 14 km west of Batticaloa town.