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* Rail services back on track on northern line in Sri Lanka after train collision
Sat, May 3, 2014, 09:16 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 03, Colombo: The rails tracks on northern line damaged when two trains collided head-on Wednesday (April 30) at Pothuhera have been swiftly repaired and the services resumed on the northern line Thursday night.

Services resumed after the Railway Control Room authorized the night mail train to Pallai to depart from Colombo Fort at 8.15 p.m. on Thursday (May 1) night.

The Raja Rata Rajina train which is scheduled to leave Matara at 1:15 p.m. and the Intercity Express scheduled to leave at 3:55 p.m. operated on the normal schedule.

The Yaal Devi train, which had departed from Pallai Thursday night, had reached Fort Railway Station at 5.45 a.m. Friday (May 02), the Railway Control Room said.

The Pallai-bound Deyata Kirula train from Colombo collided with the Matara-bound Rajarata Rajina train that was stationary at the Pothuhera station in Kurunegala Wednesday morning.

The collision injured 68 people, four of them critically and completely damaged the engines of the two trains. The losses to the Railway Department have been estimated at Rs, 100 million.

While a five-member committee has been appointed to investigate the collision and to take necessary steps after a thorough investigation into the accident, five railway employees have been suspended relieved of their duties.

The engine driver, his assistant and guard on the Deyata Kirula train Colombo-Palai train, along with the signal controller and station master at the Pothuhera train station have been relieved of their duty until the investigation is completed.

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