Sri Lanka Railways to pay compensation for victims of train collision

Sept 19, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Railways will pay Rs.100,000 as compensation to the next of kin of those who were killed in Saturday’s (17) train collision at Alawwa.

Superintendent of Railways Transportation, L.A.R. Ratnayake has told the national news agency Lankapuvath that Rs 100,000 each would be paid to the families of the three people who were killed and the injured would be compensated according to the nature of injuries they received.

Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama has appointed a four member committee to investigate the fatal train accident.

The Minister, who visited the injured at the Alawwa and Kurnegala hospitals following the accident, said stern action will be taken if the investigations find any one is responsible for the accident.

He said the damages of the train collision had been estimated over Rs.75 million.

In Saturday’s crash a passenger train bound for Polgahawela on the main Colombo-Kandy track rammed into the Observation Saloon of the Colombo-Kandy express train when the latter was pushing a stalled train bound for Rambukkana.

The collision killed the driver and his assistant of the Polgahawela-bound train and a railway worker.

A French tourist and a Thai Buddhist monk in the Kandy Express train were also killed in the accident.

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