Video : UPDATE: 3 person committee to inquire regarding train engine fire
The Department of Railways has appointed a 3 person committee to look into the incident where a train engine caught fire near the Weyangoda – Wadurawa region yesterday.
The engine of the express train traveling from Matara to Kandy caught fire yesterday and 3 passengers who panicked and jumped from the train lost their lives after they were struck by a train traveling in the opposite direction along the parallel track.
Speaking to our news team, Transport Authority of the Department of Railways L. A. R. Rathnayaka stated that the 3 member panel has been instructed to issue a report regarding this incident in a week’s time.
Saturday, 28 December 2013 - 01:12 PM ---------------------------------------------- Train engine catches fire in Weyangoda - Wadurawa; 3 passengers die after colliding with another train
3 passengers who panicked and jumped out of the express train traveling from Matara to Kandy that caught fire have succumbed to their injuries.
The police stated that the engine of the train had caught fire near the Weyangoda – Wadurawa region and the 3 passengers who had panicked had alighted from the train and had been hit a train traveling in the opposite direction on the parallel track.
Two out of the three deceased were a couple who hailed from the Warakapola – Poragolla region and the other individual who died hailed from the Kandy – Dolapeella region.
The 3 individuals were admitted to the Wathupitiwala hospital for treatment but had ultimately succumbed to their injuries.
Police media spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana stated that the postmortems are scheduled to be carried out today.
Upon inquiry by our news team Railways General Manager B. A. P. Ariyarathna stated that an inquiry will be carried out regarding the train engine catching fire.
He also stated that he had instructed an engineer from the Department of Railways to visit the site of the fire and file a report.
Elaborating further Railways General Manager B. A. P. Ariyarathna stated that once the engine is brought to Colombo an inquiry will be carried out whether the fire was a result of a mechanical fault or was it caused by an external factor.