Published On: Tue, Aug 7th, 2018

Special committee to probe Polgahawela train crash

A special committee has been appointed to look into yesterday’s train collision at Panaliya in Polgahawela.

Additional General Manager of Railways Dr. Wijaya Samarasinghe stated that this committee was appointed to carry out preliminary investigations into the cause of the accident.

At least 32 passengers were injured and hospitalised after a train journeying from Colombo to Rambukkana had collided with the train ahead of it, which was bound for Kandy from Colombo, at the Panaliya area in Polgahawela late last evening (6).

None of the injured commuters are in critical condition whilemost of them have already been discharged from hospitals.

The accident had also disrupted train services on the upcountry railway line while several trains including the night mail train which was to travel from Colombo to Badulla last night was also cancelled.

However, the Additional General Manager of Railways said that as of now train services can operate along one track on the upcountry railway line.

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