May 07, Aluthgama: Another train collision within a week after two trains collided head-on on the northern track has disrupted rail services on the southern coastal line.
A train transporting fuel from Galle has collided with a stationary power-set train at Aluthgama on the southern line early this morning causing delays in train services along the coastal line. No passengers were in the trains at the time of the accident.
Sri Lanka Railways informed that due to the derailment of several train compartments all south-bound trains from Fort will travel up to Aluthgama and all north-bound trains from Matara will be terminated at Ambalangoda.
The Railway Control Room said measures have been taken to remove the trains promptly from the tracks to restore services.
On April 30th an intercity train traveling on northern track collided with a stationary train at the Pothuhera Train Station in Kurunegala injuring 68 people.
The President has ordered to appoint an independent commission to probe that collision which cost of Rs. 170 million in losses to the railway Department.