Last Updated : 25-07-2014 13:21

 
 

68 injured in train accident

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 At least 68 passengers were injured in the train accident at Pothuhera, Kurunegala this morning, the Police said. Four of the injured were in serious condition, hospital sources said

According to the Police, there were 45 women, 25 men, four boys and two girls among the injured.

The Forty five injured were admitted to the Kurunegala and Polgahawela hospitals while four of them were treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Kurunegala hospital.

Trains from the North to Colombo are now stopped at Kurunegala and trains leaving Colombo to North are stopped at Polgahawela, the Railway Control Room said. Arrangements have been made to transport the Colombo bound passengers from Kurunegala by bus.

The Vavuniya and Palai bound Intercity Express train from Colombo collided head on with the Matara bound Rajarata Regina express which had been halted on the main platform at the Potuhera railway station this morning.

Both engines had been smashed and several compartments had toppled. One of the compartments had fallen into a paddy field near by the railway line.
 
A senior official of the Railway Security Service said investigations had begun on the accident.

Images of the Train tragedy 

 
 

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-0+4 # Bedrock 2014-04-30 10:06
Looks like a head on collision. What are the comments from the senseless big talking minister?
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# Avatar. 2014-04-30 10:18
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Looks like a head on collision. What are the comments from the senseless big talking minister?

He'd say matter of factly: "I will not emulate the Korean PM" come what may!!!
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-0+4 # ANTON 2014-04-30 10:08
WE WILL HAVE TO CHECK OUR HOROSCOPE EVERY DAY BEFORE STEPPING OUT.
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-0+2 # Lakshmi 2014-04-30 13:35
Do you believe astrology ?
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# tankNZ 2014-05-01 09:47
good question haha
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-0+2 # Jaw 2014-04-30 10:37
This is inefficiency in the highest order,The minister together with the irresponsible staff should be sacked
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-0+1 # Kiris Baba Amaray 2014-04-30 13:29
These days, Govt. Servants are just marking their time, not atall concerned about their entrusted duties. Total negligence caused this accident. Over to you Transport Minister, what is your action?
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-0+1 # Roshan 2014-04-30 10:37
We don't want our PM to resign like Korean Prime Minister but Railway Minister should resign.
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# jim pappa 2014-04-30 22:42
" Kammalay ballanta hena pipiruwath gaanak nehe"
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-0+5 # Petty 2014-04-30 10:43
Dear Sri Lankans stop criticizing about India and start working properly on your transport system....
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# Lankan4Ever 2014-04-30 11:06
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Dear Sri Lankans stop criticizing about India and start working properly on your transport system....


Where did this come from??
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-0+1 # Kiris Baba Amaray 2014-04-30 13:31
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Dear Sri Lankans stop criticizing about India and start working properly on your transport system....


Honestly, its not the fault of India and no donkey can blame India for such incident. Only the irresponsible, donkeys in our Railway Department and the Transport Minister to be blamed.
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-0+2 # BOXER 2014-04-30 10:56
must take action against responsible persons...!
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# Kiris Baba Amaray 2014-04-30 13:34
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must take action against responsible persons...!


Definitely, this is the fault of our Railway Authorities in that area, neglecting their duties. Every single employee of that area responsible for not carrying out their duties. Over to you Transport Minister.
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-1+0 # Rise 2014-04-30 12:51
This is normal for Sri Lanka standards. Feel sorry for the people in this country. All of this related to corruption, maintenance work is not done properly and the top ppl steel all of that money.
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# Devaka Jayasuriya 2014-04-30 12:56
මේ රජරට රැජිනි දුම් රිය සති කිහිපයක් තුළ අනතුරට ලක් වූ දෙවන අවස්ථාවය . මීට පෙර එය පීළි පැනීමකට ලක්විය . මෙම දුම් රිය මගීන් දහස් ගණනක් රැගෙන මාතර සිට ඕමන්තේ දක්වා ගමන් කරයි . එහි දෙවන පංතියේ පෙට්ටි පවා අබලන්ය , වැසිළි දුගඳ උහුලනු බැරිය . රේඛීය මගක ගමන් ගන්නා විටෙක දුම් රිය අසාමාන්‍ය අයුරින් අධික දෝලනයකට ලක්වෙයි . දුම් රිය මාර්ග අබලන්ය . මිනිස් ජීවිත මේ ර්ජයට බල්ලන්ට ලෙලි පොල් ගාණටය . පල් හොරකම ජාතික සංස්කෘතිය වී තිබේ ,
පල් හොරුම ජාතික වීරයෝ වී තිබේ .
මොවුන්ට එරෙහිව බසක් පළ කිරීම ඔවුන්ම පනවා ගත් නීතියට පටහැනිය.
" ජාතික ආරක්ශාව" යනු සොර දෙටුවන්ගේ ආරක්ශාවය
රජ්‍ය ආයතන 25 ක් විසින් කෝටි 15,000 ක් විනාශ කර තිබේ .
මොවුන් සිටිය යුත්තේ සිර ගෙවල් වල නේද ?
මේවා තොපේ අම්මගේ අප්පගේ බූදලේද ?
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# Ravi 2014-04-30 12:56
Raja that will never happen and never heard in our country
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# Shalini 2014-04-30 13:21
Could this be an act of sabotage after the last union confrontation with the police? Someone should look into this aspect ...just to eliminate possibilities....
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# Ranjith Silva 2014-04-30 13:30
Aha! Good chance for our beloved PM to be a Hero by resigning soon. Act Now, DM. You will not get such an opportunity within next two or three months.
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# Foxy 2014-04-30 21:54
Do you think that our PM will resign on this matter ? no way :P
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# shanthapriya 2014-04-30 13:37
pls do not punish any railway employee.
cause they will go on strike and finally we commuters have no option to travel to work.
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# Niroshan 2014-04-30 13:42
Every year ?????????????

Where is controlers ??
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# aja 2014-04-30 13:42
proper Signal control the need of the day .
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# Kiris Baba Amaray 2014-04-30 13:43
Transport Minister, how are you going to handle this issue?
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# Koachchiya 2014-04-30 15:30
Bus collisions. Now trains. What more???
- via DM iPad app
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# Pandithaya 2014-04-30 10:48
Why, as usual head collisions !
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# Foxy 2014-04-30 21:57
collision between our two main political parties.. it will eradicate our senseless politicians...
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-0+3 # raja 2014-04-30 16:11
transport minister will resign ???
- via DM Android App
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# sas 2014-04-30 11:07
is it not so south korea????
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# shadil sid 2014-04-30 17:05
Hav the driver got driver's licence? Inefficiency in the railway system, should replace the employees
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-0+1 # mayya 2014-04-30 19:18
Use the new technologies to monitor trains. Don't s stick in to old fashion tracking system. It is high time , don't kill any more people
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# sam 2014-04-30 20:32
Railway minister must resign . Don't worry buy new engines and take commission
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# mack 2014-05-01 00:40
minister won't resign his secretary will be blamed and will resign
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# Karigalan 2014-05-01 09:48
After all investigation

the govnt will say its is a mistake by general public

case closed!!!!!!!

Accountability that the magic word

sadly we SL dont like that word
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# chennaiguy 2014-05-01 12:50
Most unfortunate, my prayers for the injured and their families. Hope this never happens again. Tracking technology must be upgraded.
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