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* Sri Lankan President orders an independent commission to be appointed to probe train accident
Wed, May 7, 2014, 12:21 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

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.

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