68 injured as train crashes head-on into a stopped train at a Sri Lankan railway station

Published: April 30, 2014
Terrible Accident

Sri Lankans stand near mangled coaches after two trains collided at a railroad station in Pothuhera. AP Photo

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A train crashed head-on into a stopped train at a station in northwestern Sri Lanka on Wednesday, injuring 68 people.

It occurred in Pothuhera, about 90 kilometres (56 miles) northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital.

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said a train from Colombo travelling to Pallai in the north crashed into a southbound train that was stopped at the station. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Rohana said four of the injured passengers are in serious condition.

Trains are a popular mode of transport in the island nation, and are generally considered safe.

10:02ET 30-04-14

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