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Sri Lankan train-bus collision leaves 50 dead

An intercity passenger train collided with a bus that tried to dash through a level crossing in northwestern Sri Lanka today, killing at least 50 people and injuring 40 others, police said.
The passenger bus, apparently racing another bus to reach its destination first, slipped past a barrier and tried to cross a track near the town of Alawwa, about 50 miles northeast of the capital Colombo, police spokesman Rienzie Perera said.

Police at the scene confirmed that at least 50 people died when the bus and train collided, while 40 others were injured, 30 of them seriously. The seriously injured were being brought to National Hospital in Colombo.

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