Freak train tragedy takes lives of four, six others injured

Footboard traveller’s backpack gets stuck in stationary lorry

By H. P.Ariyaratne, Ratmalana Corr.

Four persons were killed and six injured when they knocked aganist a lorry parked close to the rail track between Angulana and Lunawa while travelling on the foot-board of a Panadura bound train from Maradana yesterday evening.

Police said that the backpack of one passenger had got entangled with the lorry and several others had been thrown out of the train as he fell.

Three were killed on the spot while another succumbed to his injuries while being taken to hospital.

The injured were admitted to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila.

Among the victims were those returning after work. The tragedy took place at about 4.45 p.m.

Driver of the lorry was arrested, police said.

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