State Minister Sanath Nishantha killed in fatal crash

State Minister Sanath Nishantha was killed in a fatal vehicle collision early Thursday morning on the Katunayake Expressway near Kandana, along with a Police Constable attached to his security detail. 

The Minister was travelling towards Colombo from Katunayake when his vehicle collided with a container which was driving in the same direction, crashing into the safety fence on the expressway. 

State minister Sanath Nishantha, the Police Constable Jayakodi and the driver of the vehicle were seriously injured and admitted to the Ragama hospital.

In a statement Police said the state minister and the Police Constable died upon admission to the hospital while the driver is being treated for critical injuries at the Ragama Hospital.

Kandana police are conducting further investigations.