Six Sri Lankan men were killed on January 29 when a train ploughed into them on railway tracks just outside of Bratislava. Police said that the train had been travelling at 80 kilometres per hour when the accident occurred and that identification of the bodies had so far been impossible.
"According to their documents, they were men between 30 and 35 years old. It is still not clear whether they were part of the 10 member group of Sri Lankans who asked for refugee status in Slovakia before Christmas," a police statement said.
A police spokeswoman stated that the train had come from around a corner behind the men who had been wearing heavy fur hats which may have impeded their hearing.
8. Feb 1999 at 0:00 | From press reports of TASR and SITA