Train hits pickup on level crossing

Train hits pickup on level crossing

The wrecked pickup truck sits far from the cargo train in the background after it was hit on a level crossing in Hat Yai district of Songkhla province on Tuesday morning. All three family members survived, but the father was severely injured. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)
The wrecked pickup truck sits far from the cargo train in the background after it was hit on a level crossing in Hat Yai district of Songkhla province on Tuesday morning. All three family members survived, but the father was severely injured. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawan)

SONGKHLA: A cargo train hit a pickup truck carrying a family of three at a level crossing in Hat Yai district on Tuesday morning.

The fatal collision occurred at a crossing where there are warning lights but no barriers, in Ban Lop Moom of tambon Phatong, about 10am.

Empty cargo train 4513 was travelling from Padang Besar in Sadao district, near the Malaysian border, to Hat Yai district. It hit the black Chevrolet pickup truck on the passenger side.

The impact carried the truck about 300 metres from the crossing. The train engine was only slightly damaged and it later continued on to Hat Yai.

The pickup driver, Chatchai Saengsupa, 18, was taking his father Chaiwat, 51, and mother Nuban, 48, to hospital.

Mr Chatchai said he did not see the train approaching but his father did and told him to hurry across. When he floored the accelerator the engine stalled, leaving the truck stranded on the track. The train hit the left side, where his father sat.

The father was severely injured. All three family members were taken to Songklanagarind Hospital.


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