Death lurks at Kandy rail crossing

Death lurks at Kandy rail crossing

Death lurks at Kandy rail crossing

Written by Tharushan Fernando

14 Jan, 2016 | 6:48 pm

Two women were killed in a train accident on January 11. Some locals say that the reason behind such accidents at the level crossing opposite the Kandy Police is due to the absence of a railway gate.

Others say that the reason for such accidents is the negligence of the people.

This rail crossing which is located around 200 metres away from the Kandy Railway Station has become a dangerous and unsafe rail crossing. Seven deaths were reported last year at this railway crossing alone.

Locals say that even though only eight trains bound from Matale to Kandy travel along this railway line across this level crossing, accidents are frequently reported from this area.

In December, a  youth lost his legs in a train accident on this level crossing. This accident was followed shortly afterwards by an incident that left two women dead  at the same location.

Locals say that these accidents take place due to improper procedures followed in development activities.

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