Pre-dawn train accident in Aluthgama – six employees interdicted

Pre-dawn train accident in Aluthgama – six employees interdicted

Written by Staff Writer

07 May, 2014 | 3:07 pm

Six railway employees have been interdicted in connection to the train accident that occurred at the Aluthgama train station.

Meanwhile, Railways Operations Superintendent, L.A.R. Rathnayake noted that a four-member team has been appointed to carry out investigations into the incident.

General Manager of Railways B.A.P Ariyaratne said that an investigation has been launched into the incident at department level.

The driver of the fuel train driver, his assistant, the chief guard and his assistant as well as two station masters in charge of operations at the Aluthgama train station have been suspended from their duties.

According to the General Manager, the accident had occurred on Wednesday morning when a train transporting fuel on its way from Galle, collided with a power set that was parked on the same track at the Aluthgama train station.

He went onto say that even though there is a possibility for two trains to enter the same track under safety signals, three trains had been present on the same track at the time of the accident.

B.A.P Ariayaratne further said that preliminary investigations have revealed that the accident was not caused due to a technical fault.

It has come to light that there has been no one inside the power set when the accident occurred at about 12.55 Wednesday morning. The accident has caused considerable damages to the power set as well to the engine of the train that was transporting fuel.

The accident resulted in train delays on the coastal line Wednesday morning.

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