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Three killed in Sri Lanka train crash

[ABC, Sunday, 18 September 2011 08:35 No Comment]

At least three people were killed and about 25 injured near Colombo when a passenger train crashed into the back of another train, Sri Lankan police said.

Railway workers were still searching for passengers who might be trapped in the wreckage after the accident, which took place late Saturday close to a railway station in Alawwa, some 60 kilometres north of the Sri Lankan capital.

"A Korean national and the engine driver were among those killed," police spokesman Maxi Proctor said.

Mr Proctor said that 18 people were receiving treatment in nearby hospitals. The others, with minor injuries, had left hospital after being treated.

He said that the Korean was travelling in the observation car of the moving train, which was heading to the central town of Kandy.

The observation car was completely destroyed, Mr Proctor added.

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