Train crushes pickup, killing woman, son in Surat Thani

Train crushes pickup, killing woman, son in Surat Thani

A Bangkok-Yala train ploughed into a pickup truck at a level crossing in tambon Khanthulee of Tha Chana district in Surat Thani province on Tuesday, killing a woman and her son. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)
A Bangkok-Yala train ploughed into a pickup truck at a level crossing in tambon Khanthulee of Tha Chana district in Surat Thani province on Tuesday, killing a woman and her son. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

SURAT THANI: A Bangkok-Yala express train hit a pickup truck, killing a 34-year-old woman and her 10-year-old son on their way to school in tambon Khanthulee of Tha Chana district on Tuesday morning.

Police at Tha Chana station were informed of the crash at about 7.30am. It occurred at a level crossing without a barrier on a road between Ban Tham Khao Chawala and Ban Tham Namthip villages.

The locomotive of the express train pushed the wrecked Isuzu pickup truck about 400 metres from the crossing.

The dead persons were identified as Weerawal Semrod and her son Manoonsak. Police said Weerawan was driving her son to school, and speculated she might not have noticed the oncoming train.

The crash blocked southern train services between Chumphon province and Hat Yai district of Songkhla and between Surat Thani and Bangkok. Railway officials expected to clear the rail in the evening.


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