Written by Staff Writer
17 Dec, 2016 | 9:15 pm
An accident along the A9 highway in Chavakachcheri, Jaffna claimed the lives of eleven people, including four women, today, December 17.
A nearby CCTV camera showed the van – carrying a group of pilgrims from Millaniya, Kalutara – being driven off the road, onto the lane of oncoming traffic, where it collided head-on with a bus.
The injured include the bus driver and three others, who are currently receiving treatment at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital.
According to the police, the bodies of the deceased are lying at the Chavakachcheri Hospital.
If railway gates at a level crossing are closed, they are closed for a reason. It means that there is a train on the way, bound to pass the location at any given moment.
Despite the alarms and closed gates, some people have a dangerous habit of crossing the tracks while the gates are closed.
This story is of a woman who lost her life as a result of this dangerous habit.
The 60-year-old decided to continue on the level crossing in Gampaha, despite the gates being lowered. The inevitable happened and she was run over by the on-coming train.
The deceased 60-year-old is a mother of three from Vedamulla, Kelaniya.
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