Front torn off locomotive as train hits truck on crossing

Front torn off locomotive as train hits truck on crossing

The front of this locomotive pulling a Bangkok-Denchai train was torn off when it hit a trailer truck on a railway crossing in Nakhon Sawan on Monday. The train driver suffered a head wound and the engineer minor injuries. The truck driver escaped serious hurt. (Photo: Chalit Poomruang)
The front of this locomotive pulling a Bangkok-Denchai train was torn off when it hit a trailer truck on a railway crossing in Nakhon Sawan on Monday. The train driver suffered a head wound and the engineer minor injuries. The truck driver escaped serious hurt. (Photo: Chalit Poomruang)

NAKHON SAWAN: The front section of a train locomotive was torn off, and the driver and engineer injured, when it hit a trailer truck on a railway crossing in Phayuha Khiri district on Monday.

The accident happened about 11.30am at a crossing with no barriers near Moo 10 village of tambon Noen Ma Kok, about 3 kilometres from Noen Ma Kok railway station, Pol Capt Supawat Preechachan, a Phayuha Khiri duty officer, said.

As the Bangkok-Den Chai No.11 train approached the crossing a 10-wheel truck with a trailer cut across in front of it. The train crashed into the trailer.

The violent impact tore the front off the locomotive, which also derailed as the train came to a grinding halt.

The train driver, Kanok Jaitham, suffered a head wound, while Supakit Bangkhet, the engineer, escaped with only slight injuries.

Somwang Taokaew, 43, the trailer truck driver, told police he was going to pick up a load of soil from near  Noen Ma Kok railway station for delivery to Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University.

He admitted he did not see the oncoming train as he approached and drove a cross the track.

The train had departed from Hua Lamphong in Bangkok at 7am and was heading for Den Chai in Phrae province. After a two-hour delay it continued its journey to Den Chai, pulled by a replacement locomotive. 

No train passengers were hurt.



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