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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 - 19:00
18 dead within the year due to accidents at unprotected level crossings; 4 from the same family amongst today’s deceased
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Following a collision between a trishaw and a train at the Mahawa, Ambanpola, Kirimati-yana unprotected level crossing, all 6 individuals travelling in the trishaw were killed while one person was severely wounded.

The injured 20 year old woman is currently receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of the Kurunegala General Hospital.

The trishaw had collided with an intercity express train plying the Colombo - Omanthe route and 7 individuals were travelling in the trishaw at the time.

Police stated that the deceased which included 1 adult male, 3 adult females and two children aged 4 and 2 respectively have been identified as residents of the Biyagama – Hei-yan-thuduwa region.

The number of accidents that occur at unprotected level crossings in Sri Lanka are increasing daily.

Upon inquiry by our news team, Police Media Spokesperson SSP Prishantha Jayakody stated that the law limiting the number of passengers that can be carried in the rear seat of the Trishaw to 3 is active and that it was established to ensure the safety of both the passengers and the trishaw driver and urged trishaw drivers to adhere to the law.

The department of railways stated that out of the 1082 level crossings in Sri Lanka close to 750 are still unprotected.

18 individuals have lost their lives as a result of various accidents taking place at unprotected level crossings.

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