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Train crashes into another in Sri Lanka; 68 hurt

April 30, 2014

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — 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 kilometers (56 miles) northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital.

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said a train from Colombo traveling 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.

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