The two drivers of the racing cars involved in yesterday’s tragic accident at the Fox Hill Super Cross races in Diyatalawa have been arrested while undergoing treatment in hospital, the Police Media Division said.

Seven persons were killed while 23 others were injured following an accident during the “Fox Hill Super Cross 2024” racing event held in Diyatalawa on Sunday (21).

The deceased individuals include five adult males and a small child, according to police. Four of the deceased were officials of the racing event, while two others were civilians who were among the spectators. The deceased child is a 08-year-old girl, the Sri Lanka Army Spokesperson said.

Police Media Spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa stated that the incident occurred when a race car had veered off the race track and collided with a group of spectators.

The “Fox Hill Super Cross 2024” racing event has now been temporarily suspended, the police mentioned.

Diyatalawa Police is conducting further investigations regarding the incident.

The 28th edition of the ‘Fox Hill Super Cross’ organized by the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa with the support of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS) kicked off at Diyatalawa on Sunday (21).