Three persons, including the conductors died in an accident which occurred while it was being forcibly taken over.
The bus was plying from the Passara town in Badulla to Pitamaruwa. It skidded off the road and went down a precipice at the Batawatte area..
Police said that the bus had forcibly been taken over by two drunk persons who came in a three-wheeler before the accident. They had also attacked the driver. 29 persons who were injured in the accident have been admitted to the Metigahatenne Hospital while nine who were in a critical condition have been transferred to the Badulla Hospital.