Accidents at unprotected level crossings highest in 2009



By Saman Indrajith


Accidents at unprotected level crossings during 2009 numbered 66 and this was the highest recorded in the past 10 years, Parliament was told yesterday.


Twenty persons were killed and 83 injured in those accidents, according to an answer tabled in the House by Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama, in response to a question raised by UNP MP Gayantha Karunatilake.


The number of accidents had seen an increase since 2005 with 60 reported in that year, 65 in 2007, dropping to 43 in 2008 but reaching 66 last year.


The number of deaths in 2009 was the second highest between the years 2000 and 2009 with the exception of 2005 when 48 deaths were reported.


The number injured was also the highest in 2009 at 83. There are a total of 391 protected railway level crossings in the country in addition to 59 that are regulated by a red-light system, the answer said.


It was revealed that action was being taken to install gates at level crossing on a priority basis under the limited provisions allocated to the Railway Department.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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