A car which was heading to Anuradhapura, carrying a family of four, has collided with a Puttalam bound office train at Anawilundawa unprotected railway crossing in Puttalam this morning. Four people who were injured in the accident were admitted to Chilaw hospital in critical condition. The picture shows the car which met with the accident. Pix by Hiran Priyankara Jayasinghe
Didn't you see its an unprotected level crossing? While the govt has millions to spend for less priority work they don't spend for what is needed sooner. Stupid country!
Sadarana_Kota Tuesday, 14 August 2012 05:54 AM
Didnt you read ..its an unprotected railway crossing...which means its not safe,,
SM Monday, 13 August 2012 03:40 PM
No point installing warning lights or barriers. The drivers in SL will not pay attention to the lights and will go around the barriers. Even in western countries people who are stopped at railway crossings check both sides before crossing the line.
Notharismama Monday, 13 August 2012 02:26 PM
Thank you for yor excellent posting.
Worried Traveller Monday, 13 August 2012 10:57 AM
It is estimated that Road Traffic Accidents kill 2,400 Sri Lankans and cost the Country Rs. 30 billion every year (Lanka Business Report - April 2011).
It is easy to blame poor roads, unprotected level crossings, overcrowding of roads etc. for such slaughter, but the truth is that 2,400 or more of your Countrymen are killed by Sri Lankan drivers. Some may be through genuine and unavoidable accidents, but the majority are due to poor driving standards and scant disregards for human life.
As a regular visitor to your beautiful Country, I am always grateful to return from Lanka with life and limb in tact. Until such time as Sri Lanka's drivers understand that their vehicles are deadly weapons and treat their fellow Countrymen with respect, I fear the human carnage will continue, lives will be destroyed, and your Country's economy will continue to suffer.
Dee Monday, 13 August 2012 09:31 AM
at tracks where trains rarely run and in open spaces level crossings are not a must, How many people go around the level crossing in busy lines where they are installed? We are talking of a vehicle driver here, not a bullock cart driver. A man who gets behind the wheels needs to be more aleart to the world around them.
Ganja Monday, 13 August 2012 09:39 AM
yet human, makes mistakes dear
Ganja Monday, 13 August 2012 09:36 AM
Mhh why the road was on the train tracks? answer to this question is answer for your question. ok dear!!!!!
ghost train Monday, 13 August 2012 09:17 AM
The people survived because train was running slow since the station is near...if not we will be seeing a very sad picture here, most drivers dont hear the train because the list to loud music while driving, some drive with headsets too....so its not the fault of the train driver.
wimala Monday, 13 August 2012 06:32 AM
Why was the car on the train tracks?
KUMA Monday, 13 August 2012 09:10 AM
We have more experience with that kind of incident which could not realized he important of human life by ministers or railway dept. and the driver who careless about his family as well. So we blamed to each other and live with problem .GOD say please got action against above matter who responsible for human life.
sltk2004 Monday, 13 August 2012 08:58 AM
The railway cannot be held responsible. The track and some distance on both sides are railway properties. So any person or vehicle hitting a train is by the culprit by default
Munster Monday, 13 August 2012 08:58 AM
You dont need gates as long as the track is visible and warning signs in place. If the driver is careless these things happen.
Samantha Monday, 13 August 2012 08:28 AM
Un Protected Railway Crossing ???? Why cant we have protective railway crossing ??? Is this cost higher than life of humans ??
Nishantha Rajapaksa Monday, 13 August 2012 07:15 AM
maybe it was going after Nayana Kumari
Jagath Leanage Monday, 13 August 2012 06:50 AM
High time to install at least a "warning light system".
Mahinda Monday, 13 August 2012 06:54 AM
Dadoriya Monday, 13 August 2012 06:50 AM
There are only a few train on this line. Total negligence by both the railway and the driver of the car.
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