North-bound train derails, 30 injured
- Published: 17/07/2013 at 11:23 AM
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At least 30 passengers were injured, one seriously, when a Bangkok to Chiang Mai overnight express train derailed in Den Chai district of Phrae province on Wednesday morning.
State Railway of Thailand (SRT) governor Prapat Chongsanguan said the derailment occurred about 3am between Pak Pan and Kaeng Luang railway stations, between kilometre markers 540-541 of the track.
Initial reports to the SRT said that seven out of ten train coaches derailed. At least 30 passengers were injured, one of them seriously. All were admitted to Den Chai Hospital.
The Associated Press reported that the 30 injured passengers were mostly foreign tourists. It is the second derailment on the same route in a month.
Mr Prapat said the cause of the accident was being investigated.
He said he believed it might have been due to the deteriorated condition of a bend in the tracks, where trains are usually required to lower their speed.
As a result of the derailment, both Chiang Mai- and Bangkok-bound trains are terminating services at Sila-at railway station in Uttaradit province, where passengers are being transferred to their destinations by bus.
Another Bangkok-bound train from Chiang Mai derailed early this month but no one was injured.
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