The Air Conditioned Restaurant Car (ARC 16421) of Jaffna bound intercity express has caught fire between Gampaha & Veyangoda today (18).
The wagon is damaged due to the fire & it is now left at a loop line at Veyangoda railway station. The multiple connector cable of the above mentioned wagon has detached while the train was running and fire has occurred because it dragged along the railway line.
This train was a Class S12 Diesel Multiple Unit with 2 engines at both ends. Multiple Connector cable is the cable which is used to control these multiple engines at once. So it cannot run with a failure in the connector.
However train ran considerable hours late due to this incident, after removing the damaged wagon at Veyangoda.