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Five persons died in a crash today involving a car and a train at a railway level crossing at Pothupitiya, the Wadduwa Police said.

According to the Wadduwa Police, the car had crossed the level crossing, while the train was reaching the crossing.

However the Police said it was not yet known whether the railway crossing gate was broken or there was no such gate.

The deceased are not yet identified and believed to be of the same family, they said.

The bodies are at the Panadura Base Hospital, they said.

 

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  • Premalal Monday, 28 November 2016 08:19 AM

    The train drivers must be instructed to keep tooting their horns continuously when they approach an unprotected crossing. This way only the deaf and blind will have problems.

    Sarath Monday, 28 November 2016 09:27 AM

    Is it possible that the railway crossing gates were not working at all.... before blaming the driver shouldn't we stop to think why would the car go if there was a gate? why do we assume he was speeding? even a slow car can be hit by a train.Chances are that the level crossing gate was not working so the driver (as any of us would) just kept driving not knowing if a train was approaching or not.Sadly this truth will never come out because the govt will never reveal fact that incriminate itself!It is easier to blame a couple of dead people!

    ANTON Monday, 28 November 2016 10:01 AM

    CAN ANYONE SEE FIVE COFFINS IN A SINGLE HOUSE ., ACTUALLY I CAN'T.........

    Nathan Monday, 28 November 2016 10:23 AM

    This is nothing but stupidity and total lack of commonsense.If they cannot protect their very lives then how would they care for others' lives?Every day we see hundreds are dying on our roads from North to South and 99% of such deaths are due to stupidity of the road users. This trend is nothing new and unless the mindset changes this will continue.

    Madiya Sunday, 27 November 2016 05:22 PM

    This is carless driving by the motorist. The gate may be closed or open, it is the responsibility of the mortise to look right and left and then go across the track. Many motorist is Sri Lanka thinks the roads belong to their "Uncle". Could be!

    Raz Sunday, 27 November 2016 05:35 PM

    The right thinking people must at least now realise why heavy fines and stringent laws have been introduced for violation of road rules via DM Android App

    Kale Sunday, 27 November 2016 05:59 PM

    Raz, do you seriously think a fine would have stopped the idiot driver killing themselves and others in the vehicle?They have paid a far greater penalty, and yet the possible penalty did not stop this from happening.

    Gayan Perera Sunday, 27 November 2016 06:26 PM

    Don't forget to fine the deceased with 25,000 for crossing the level crossing incorrectly!

    Save Sunday, 27 November 2016 06:44 PM

    Two things, So the police does not have a pea sized brain to identify the railway crossing had a gate or not. As far as I am aware, the motor car cannot evaporate the rail gate. Secondly, paying price with the life in Sri Lanka may be much more easier than paying the fine. This is the outcome of our education systemLand like no other

    karthi Sunday, 27 November 2016 06:49 PM

    If there is no railway crossing gate a fine shold be imposed on CGR.

    Raz Sunday, 27 November 2016 06:58 PM

    Kale - Your comment much appreciated. This type of driving has to checked. Ponder what the end result would have been if the same vehicle had crashed on to another vehicle. via DM Android App

    TONY Sunday, 27 November 2016 07:48 PM

    THESE ACCIDENTS OCCUR WHEN IDIOTS WITH NO SENSE OF SPEED TAKE THE WHEEL

    Dee Sunday, 27 November 2016 08:15 PM

    Sad. If you know some of these people who are now driving cars, this type of accidents are not a surprise. They need to learn alot about cars and driving them before buying one.

    rehan Sunday, 27 November 2016 08:32 PM

    careless not vigilant

    Raz Sunday, 27 November 2016 08:43 PM

    Well said Tony . Unfortunately our country have more idiots than sensible people via DM Android App

    Kale Monday, 28 November 2016 01:24 PM

    Judging by the driving I see every day, just having no sense at all is enough.

    faizal Monday, 28 November 2016 04:58 PM

    before trying to protect railway crossings one should make an effort to protect ones life. via DM Android App

    kottawa Tuesday, 29 November 2016 09:11 AM

    Just don't blame the government for all the thing! it impossible to install gate barriers to all the point. then the government will have no other work than doing this. Its completely drivers responsibility to have a close look on the road.We srilankans are still here because even in our parliaments and public we have jokers like you!!


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