Buddhist monk watches horror on highway as 35 perish in bus-train crash



A Sri Lankan video cameraman films the wreck of a passenger bus which
collided with a train near the town of Polgahawela, some 80 kilometres (50
miles) northeast of Colombo,27 April 2005. At least 33 people were killed
and 30 were wounded when a train ploughed into a bus at a level crossing in
northern Sri Lanka, police and hospital officials said. The 45-seat,
privately owned bus, travelling from the north-central town of Anuradhapura,
may have been overcrowded, police said. They believed more than 60 people
were on board. The bodies of 33 victims were brought to the region’s main
Kurunegala hospital while the injured had been taken to three hospitals in
the area, a spokesman for the main hospital said. AFP PHOTO/SENA VIDANAGAMA

POLGAHAWELA, Sri Lanka, April 27 (AFP) – A Buddhist monk said he watched in horror Wednesday as a packed bus jumped a red light and tried to beat an express train only to be crushed in an accident that claimed 35 lives.



A Sri Lankan video cameraman films the wreck of a passenger bus which
collided with a train near the town of Polgahawela, some 80 kilometres (50
miles) northeast of Colombo,27 April 2005. At least 33 people were killed
and 30 were wounded when a train ploughed into a bus at a level crossing in
northern Sri Lanka, police and hospital officials said. The 45-seat,
privately owned bus, travelling from the north-central town of Anuradhapura,
may have been overcrowded, police said. They believed

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