Train bounces off tracks in Thon Buri
State Railway of Thailand governor Prapat Chongsanguan has blamed poor maintenance of railway tracks for yesterday's train derailment at Talat Phlu station which injured two passengers.
- Published: 8/09/2013 at 12:00 AM
- Newspaper section: news
SRT WOES CONTINUE: State Railway of Thailand workers clear debris at Talat Phlu station in Bangkok’s Thon Buri district after a Samut Sakhon-bound train derailed and a carriage hit the roof of the station late yesterday morning. Two passengers were injured in the incident.
Train No4323 bound for Samut Sakhon jumped the tracks at Talat Phlu station in Bangkok's Thon Buri district at about 10.45am.
The driver, Jaru Karnchanaphan, 49, said the train left Mahachai station with a large number of passengers on board.
As the train was about to cross a road, the soil beneath the tracks suddenly subsided, causing the train to bounce off the tracks. The incident caused the third carriage to ricochet and hit the Talat Phlu station roof.
Debris from the roof hurt two passengers who were waiting at the station. The women were identified as Nongluck Unjai, 36, and Ladda Leelavanichkit, 34. They were sent to Samitivej Thonburi Hospital, said Pol Lt Col Pornsuthep Wongniphon of Talat Phlu police station.
The top of the train's carriage was also damaged.
Speaking after inspecting the scene, Mr Prapat said a long section of the tracks were bent, which indicated they had not received proper maintenance.
The incident underlined the need for the agency to urgently improve lines and sleepers across the country, he said.
The incident followed the derailment on Thursday night of a Chiang Mai-Bangkok express train with more than 200 passengers aboard in Long district of Phrae.
The 13th derailment of the year on the deteriorating northern line prompted the SRT to announce plans for a six-week maintenance shutdown.
The SRT will suspend services along a 300km stretch from Sila-art station in Uttaradit's Muang district to Chiang Mai from Sept 16 to Oct 31.
Replacement buses will take passengers to and from Chiang Mai.
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