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* Death toll from train collisions in Sri Lanka rises to six
Sun, Sep 18, 2011, 08:50 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 18, Colombo: while five people including a Thai Buddhist monk and a French national have been confirmed dead from yesterday's three-train collision at Alawwa, about 35 miles northeast of Colombo, another train bound for Vavuniya on the Northern track collided with a truck Sunday morning killing one.

The Vavuniya-bound 'Rajarata Rajini' hit the truck at a rail crossing near Hataraswela in Anuradhapura, about 128 miles north of Colombo, this morning. The accident killed the driver of the lorry and injured the cleaner. The cleaner was admitted into Anuradhapura hospital.

The police are investigating the crash to find whether the driver ignored the crossing signals.

In yesterday'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.

Police spokesman Maxi Proctor said a French national was killed in the Kandy express train and a Thai Buddhist monk was also among the dead.

At least 30 passengers were injured in the fatal accident. They have been admitted to Alawwa and Kurunegala hospitals.

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