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Driver, Assistant and Guard Blamed for the Train Crash

Sep 22, 2011 7:20:11 AM - itnnews.lk

The report of the investigation held into the train crash that occurred in Alawwa has pointed the finger towards the driver, assistant and the guard.

The report of the inquiry carried out by the Police in this connection has been handed over to the IGP. The investigation was conducted under the supervision of Senior DIG-Northwestern Province Pujitha Jayasundera and Senior DIG Kurunegala Was Gunawardena.

The views of the experts of the railway sector were obtained in addition to the eye witnesses’ accounts when preparing the report. The report points out that the driver/assistant and the guard have not heeded the signals. It further says that the signal post, 1 ½ kilometers away from the accident site had the yellow light on, warning of proceeding danger and that the speed of the train had to be reduced. In the next signal post the red light had been lit up.

The Police report says that the train could be stopped in time considering the length of the train in addition to other factors. A team from the Government Analyst Department also conducted an investigation at the site. Three people were killed and 18 were injured in the accident. The loss amounted to millions of rupees.