At least six people were killed when the van in which they were travelling in collided with a lorry along the Deduru-Oya Bridge in Kurunegala early this morning.
Police said that ten others sustained injuries. Among those killed are two children.
Police Media Spokesman SP Preshantha Jayakody said that the injured have been admitted to the Colombo, Kurunegala and Kandy Hospitals. He said that the driver of the lorry was taken into custody.
The passengers in the van were heading back from a trip to Jaffna. Police believe the lorry was speeding at the time of the accident.
The Kurunegala Police are conducting further investigations.