Three member team to probe train foot board death
Railways General Manager B A P Ariyaratne said that a three member
team has been appointed to inquire into the incident where a youth was
killed in an accident by falling off the foot board of the Anuradhapura
bound train at the Veyangoda railway station on Sunday and ascertain how
the three bolts of the foot board were not fixed to the train.
He made this observation at a press conference held at the Railway
Headquarters yesterday. He also stated that the report of the inquiring
board is expected to be submitted within two weeks.
Ariyaratne said that it was wrong and incorrect information to say
that the youth met with the accident when the foot board fell off from
He added that the foot board did not break but the victim had fallen
off the foot board.
He also stated that three bolts out of four on one side and two of
four on the other side which were fixed the foot board of the train were
found to be missing. He also stated that it was highly questionable as
to how three bolts out of four on one side and another two on the other
side went missing and when they were removed.
He added that he went to the site himself and observed that the place
where the victim had fallen was six compartments away from the engine.
He added that when that distance was considered it could be presumed
the youth had attempted to get down from the train before it stopped. He
stated further that the decision should be reached after the
investigation was completed.
Ariyaratne further said that the matter as to why there was a delay
in taking the patient to the hospital will also be investigated and any
witness is welcome to testify.
Superintendent of Transport L A P Ratnayake, Director Planning of
Railway Wijaya Samarasinghe, Chief Engineer (Motipower) T L
Wickramaratne, Director (Overseer) of Mahawa D A G S Ranasinghe also
participated the press conference.