The train services on the Nothern Railway Line was temporarily halted due to the derailment of the Colombo-bound Yal Devi express train from Kankesanthurai (KKS) / Jaffna this afternoon, The Railways Department said.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the Railways Superintendent (Transportation) A. D. G. Seneviratne said the rail track was badly damaged and two compartments had toppled.
The derailment had taken place between Galgamuwa and Ambanpola stations causing heavy damage to five compartments, he said.
At the time of the derailment, the train was heading to Mount Lavinia from Kankesanthurai (KKS) and Jaffna.
As the result of this, the Department had decided to suspend all train services starting from Colombo Fort this evening until further notice.
He said the night mail train which was scheduled to leave from Fort had also been cancelled.
Decisions would be taken to make appropriate arrangements for the commuters to bypass the derailment area to reach Colombo, Mr. Seneviratne added.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Galgamuwa Hospital said two persons were hospitalised with minor injuries. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)
Comments - 7
BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 27 November 2019 05:33 PM
Poor quality maintenance... it is easy to see the sleepers are visibly in a poor state.
Anmanpan Wednesday, 27 November 2019 05:54 PM
Look like the train was traveling beyond the speed limit. The tracks from Polgahawela to Omantha is in poor condition.
cineha Wednesday, 27 November 2019 06:30 PM
These are colonial era railway tracks. People elected to power never look or think about these once they are seated in the comfort of the 3000 cc prado's. Its time the current regime lay the entire old railway tracks with Indian assistance. The railway line from Vavuniya to KKS laid by them shows how smooth and faster the journey is.
Mano Wednesday, 27 November 2019 06:42 PM
Except for the railway tracks beyond Omanthai, and the tracks in the south which were all rebuilt by Indian and Chinese contractors, the rest of the railway tracks are in appalling condition. Just recently on a trip to Kandy by train was horrendous to say the least. Every bone in the body was literally dislocated by the time we reached Kandy.
Mandayan Wednesday, 27 November 2019 07:18 PM
Wouldn't be surprised. I traveled to Jaffna on 27th October and all in compartment A, could not sit and had to stand at least until Vavunia due to bumpiness. Charged Rs1700 whereas AC bus charges Rs1200.
Blair Wednesday, 27 November 2019 08:35 PM
DERAILMENT IS NOW A DAILY OCCURRENCE. UNFORTUNATELY, NO INVESTIGATIONS AND NO REPORTS PUBLISHED. THE NEW PRESIDENT HAS APPOINTED A NEW RAILWAY MINISTER. HE HAS A BIG JOB AT HAND. MAKE SURE THE PASSENGERS ARE SAFE AND LET THE PUBLIC KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING.
Ronnie Bugger Thursday, 28 November 2019 08:29 AM
The second in two months in the same area. This is probably the main rail track catering to thousands of commuters both ways. Poor show.
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