January 1st, 2005 | researchmaterial
The Queen of the Sea was nearing its destination when the waves knocked it sideways.
Up to 1,500 people were crammed inside the train as it travelled 75 miles (110km) along the Sri Lankan coastline from Colombo to the southern city of Galle. At least 802 died and hundreds remain unaccounted for.
Reeling from the waves the train spun over and over, cartwheeling four times before coming to rest on a hillock. The force of the wave threw the train’s eight cars into a bog and left the coastal railroad a twisted mess of metal…