Two students killed after foot bridge collapse

26 April 2012 04:15 pm - 20     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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In a tragic incident which took place in Kalutara today, a young couple who were returning home after attending a tuition class succumbed after the foot bridge they were walking on collapsed.

It is believed that two wooden layers had fallen to the Kalu Ganga with the two children who were both 18 years of age. But police also suspect that the wooden layers may have already broken when they were walking on it and they fell through the gap.

The foot bridge is constructed in parallel to the Kalutara Railway Bridge. The police was informed by several people who were passing by after they saw books floating on the Kalu Ganga.

Police believe the incident might have taken place half an hour before they were informed by residents.

A large number of people gathered in the area even though heavy rains were prevailing in the area to help find the two bodies. (Supun Dias and Sunil Thantriarachchi)
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  • kondebendapucheena Thursday, 26 April 2012 05:42 PM

    Very sad

    balu Thursday, 26 April 2012 05:53 PM

    absolutly tragic! what is da punishment for authorities?

    GodayaG Friday, 27 April 2012 04:48 AM

    We talk high about express ways,Over head high ways but people die of collapsing foot bridge.Shame

    lee Thursday, 26 April 2012 07:21 PM

    Rest in piece children..... we will live with a guilty mind that our citizens are still walking on such dilapidated bridges and risking their lives on a daily basis though we are blessed with people and resources to make this country much more safer and affluent.

    deshapremiya Thursday, 26 April 2012 07:26 PM

    What a tragedy!!! :(:( two 18-year lost their lives just like that.

    Gamini Udagepola Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:01 PM

    No proper surveillance of public facilities by the elected members and officials. We get similar type of news on a regular basis. Poor masses pay the price in the end.

    Patriot Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:17 PM

    A tragedy.......

    Ranjidea Thursday, 26 April 2012 11:06 PM

    It so sad. The other day I read of a 18 year old girl killed by a collapsing home wall built with wattle. While we build super highways for the able, people still live in poverty. All politicians promised to eradicate poverty, but poor are worst off than ever before

    machan Friday, 27 April 2012 07:05 AM

    very sad, What is important Bridges or Lotus towers. save our villagers.

    Ranjith Friday, 27 April 2012 01:03 AM

    This time foot bridge? Earlier Foot Steps? Who are to blame?
    We are the fool's

    dinesh withanage Friday, 27 April 2012 07:15 AM

    risk awareness campaigns must be launched island wide all times

    Svetha Wijeratne Friday, 27 April 2012 07:10 AM

    1) I can remember this foot bridge, as I have used this as a child. Till now, never knew it was not meant for the public. Is there a notice to that effect at the bridge
    2) Even if it is meant for the maintenance staff, authorities cannot use it as an excuse because it shouldn't have been in this state, if it was meant for the maintenance people.

    nanna Saturday, 28 April 2012 06:39 AM

    it;s a sad incident.
    1)our politicians never said to eradicate the poverty of masses, they eradicae their own family from poverty.
    2)Authorities are MR's babies no action could be taken. If,patrents complain they'l face death threat.

    THE UNDERTAKER Friday, 27 April 2012 07:39 AM

    May their souls rest in peace

    D.Fernando Friday, 27 April 2012 03:13 AM

    Though, its' reported as a collapsed of Foot Bridge it isn't a Foot Bridge. Its' only a Foot Path,but not meant for Public to walk across. This is provided for the Track Maintenance staff.
    However, this is very pathetic incident due to negligence of the person/s who are supposed to maintain these Bridges up to date.

    Marie Friday, 27 April 2012 09:00 AM

    REST IN PEACE children, the Angels will guard your path now. So sorry that we your fellow country men could not protect you while you were here..

    Reader Friday, 27 April 2012 03:20 AM

    This is the miracle of Asia....

    Mohamed Shafraz Friday, 27 April 2012 09:04 AM

    Parents should sue the authorities. Unfortunately in Sri Lanka we consider this as just accident and doesn't sue responsible authorities, it makes them to be ignorant.

    ajith Friday, 27 April 2012 03:55 AM

    Maga Naguma????????Maga Maruwa

    lal Saturday, 28 April 2012 01:55 AM

    A sudden and sad ending of two youthful lives! As Sri Lanka progress we shpould apply higher standards of safety to care for our dear citizens. Review public safety relating to roads, buildings and transport urgently. We have lost too many young lives already!


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