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Colombo, April 21: At least seven people, including a child, were killed and 23 others were critically injured in a mishap caused during a motor car racing event in Sri Lanka’s Uva province on Sunday, police said.
The accident happened when a competing car in the racing event held at the central hill resort of Diyathalawa veered off the track and collided with the spectators, killing seven and injuring three others.
“In the accident, 23 people were critically injured and seven others were killed,” said police.
Police spokesman Nihal Thalduwa said that the deceased included an 8-year-old boy and four-track assistants among others.
“A total of 23 more have been hospitalised,” the police said.
The annual event marking the traditional New Year festivities came to be halted in 2019 with the Easter Sunday attack where 270 people were killed in suicide bomb attacks.
Sunday’s resumption coincided with the fifth anniversary of the attack only to be halted by the tragic incident of seven deaths.
The tragic incident during the motor car racing event in Sri Lanka’s Uva province has left a profound impact, claiming the lives of seven individuals, including a young child, and leaving 23 others critically injured.
The collision between a competing car and spectators has cast a somber shadow over what was meant to be a day of celebration, marking the traditional New Year festivities. This heartbreaking turn of events, occurring on the fifth anniversary of the Easter Sunday attack, serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the unpredictability of fate. As the community mourns the loss of those affected, our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. (PTI)

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