Three Elephants Knocked By Train Accident In Eastern Railway Line


January 13, 2023


Three elephants died last night after being knocked down by a speeding train on the Batticaloa-Trinco-Colombo railway line near the Hatares Kotuwa area between Habarana and Gal-Oya stations, the Railway Department said.

They said the intercity train ‘Pulathisi’ which knocked the animals to death, derailed after the accident took place early this morning.

The train had left the Batticoloa railway station at 1.30 am and met with this tragedy at 5.05 am near the Hatares Kotuwa area. The locomotive and another carriage were derailed following the incident.

As a result, trains on the Batticoloa-Colombo line have been suspended temporarily, and repair work to the track is now in progress, the railway department further said.