May 06, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered to appoint an independent commission to probe the Pothuhera train accident.
The President has instructed the Presidential Secretariat to appoint a commission chaired by a judge to probe the incident where a train moving at a high speed collided head-on with a stationary train at the Pothuhera Train Station in Kurunegala injuring 68 people.
Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said that by appointing a judge to head the commission transparency and credibility can be assured of the investigation.
He added that important information regarding the incident could be revealed from the "black boxes"- event data recorders of the trains.
The losses of the accident to the Sri Lanka Railway Department have been estimated at Rs. 170 million.
The Railway Department has also appointed a special investigation committee while the police are conducting their own investigation.
The reports of these investigations are expected within 3 months, the Railway superintendent B.A.P Ariyaratne said.